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Center for Academic Achievement

Center for Academic Achievement

Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Program


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The mission of the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Program is to enrich the academic performance of students at Florida Gulf Coast University by connecting an upper class student to a first year mentee group. Peer Academic Leaders serve as a mentor, support, and coach to optimize student self-awareness, academic involvement, and knowledge of campus resources in and beyond the classroom.



Our vision is that every FGCU student will achieve his/her fullest academic potential to attain academic excellence and lifelong learning.


Mentee Target Population

Peer Academic Leaders: SLS 1501 - Effective Learning course

Peer Academic Leaders are assigned to each section of SLS 1501. The mentees in the course are First Time In College (FTIC) students who have an academic hold following the fall semester.



The Peer Academic Leader Program is:

  • To aid students in their own personal and academic success
  • To integrate students in the social and educational FGCU community
  • To engage students in academic activities to improve college performance



As a result of having a Peer Academic Leader, students will be able to:

  • Develop an interpersonal relationship with an upper level student
  • Formulate new academic strategies and skills to increase involvement in learning
  • Utilize curricular and co-curricular campus resources to form a FGCU support network
  • Evaluate academic obstacles to take responsibility for personal development and growth


As a result of serving as a Peer Academic Leader, students will be able to:

  • Develop cooperative relationships with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Recognize their ability to play an active role in the learning process of others
  • Employ academic strategies and mentor skills to their personal and professional aspirations
  • Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational expereince