Why is FGCU losing so many of its freshmen?
Published: Friday, July 23, 2010
Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010 09:07
One problem that FGCU has is a lack of a university community. As a university we don't have an identity that the student body can relate to, which is discouraging to many students. When students come to a university, they expect to find a school identity. One important part of a university is having some sort of concept that current students as well as prospective students and alumni can identify with, an identification for all the graduating classes across the years to associate themselves with collectively. New College of Florida, located in Sarasota, is very open in both layout and spirit. A very small school of just barely 1,000 students, New College is known for being New Wave in teaching style, student activity and school spirit. They don't wear robes for their graduation ceremony, the students dress however they want, even in hulu wear. With an identity students can relate to, or at the very least find, a college can retain its attendees more effectively. FGCU lacks this university identity, and it is up to us, the student body to develop that identity. We are a young school and we have as part of our foundation environmental awareness and conservation. We can use this and other unique features such as; our proximity to the beach, a surrounding community rich with a diverse variety of people, a city area of downtown Fort Myers close-by yet also the nature preserves and baseball spring training in the midst of our area; can all help us create our own indentifiable university identity.