Auxiliary Academic Resources
Much of the learning and the research in a university occur outside organized classes. The following units of Texas A&M University-Kingsville support faculty and student educational and research pursuits.
Academic Testing Center
Laura Clarke, Testing Supervisor
Cousins Hall 103
Academic Testing Webpage
The Academic Testing Center (ATC) provides comprehensive testing services for university students, prospective students and individuals in the community. The Testing Center serves as a national testing center for the following: American College Test (ACT), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) computer-based exam, Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), PRAXIS and School Leadership Series Tests, TOEFL IBT, TExES/ExCET and Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ) Occupational Licenses Exam. The Testing Center also offers proctoring exam services.
ATC provides at-large services for the following: the General Education Development (GED), Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), and is an approved testing site for Performance Assessment Network (PAN) and Pearson Vue for Certification, entry level and advancement exams.
Center for Continuing Education
Brenda Ballard, Program Coordinator I
Cousins Hall 109
Continuing Education Webpage
The Center for Continuing Education extends the services of the university to business, industry, educational institutions, professional organizations, governmental units and other groups of adults who need non-credit courses, through conferences, institutes, workshops, seminars, short courses and special training programs. Offerings of particular interest to graduate students include: Academic Preparation Programs, Business and Professional Development Programs, and Personal Enhancement and Fine Arts Programs.
English Language Training Center
Peter Li, Director
Cousins Hall 113A
English Language Training Center Webpage
The English Language Training Center (ELTC) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville offers intensive instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students and individuals seeking to enhance or develop their English speaking skills. Students of ELTC may wish to improve their English for personal, professional, or academic purposes. To that end, the Center promotes language acquisition through immersion in an English-speaking environment and by interacting with native speakers in social events/organizations, campus life, and extra-curricular activities that are important aspects of American life and culture.
Intensive English Instruction
ELTC offers an intensive English language program from five up to fifteen week sessions. This program is offered to students with academic goals as well as for their personal or professional goals. Classes are held five hours a day from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday and three hours, from 9am to 12pm on Fridays. Part-time enrollment is also available. The curriculum is based on a “holistic approach” where classes in reading, writing, listening and speaking are integrated and interconnected together to better understand how these elements relate to each other. Classes are based on these following levels:
- Zero and Beginning Levels;
- Low and High Intermediate Levels; and
- Low and High Advanced Levels.
Local and out of town field trips as well as cultural and co-curricular activities are organized for the students.
ESL Training for Admission to Academic Programs
ELTC works closely with both Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions through English language instruction, individual and group tutoring, as well as ESL testing. Based on Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Admission policy, international students who are academically qualified but do not meet the University’s required level of English proficiency, may be admitted to ELTC for English language instruction. Upon completion of the Center’s advanced level of instruction with an overall average of 90% or better, the student is recommended for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. With an average of 85% upon completion at ELTC, the student is recommended to undergraduate admission. The Office of Graduate Admissions also refers some of its foreign-born domestic students to ELTC for ESL testing to ensure their success in their chosen program of study at the Graduate level.
ESL Tutoring Services
ELTC offers private tutoring services to international students and professionals from the community. Individual and group tutoring is offered to international students currently attending Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In partnership with the College of Engineering – JESSC Program, ELTC also offers tutoring to its students needing ESL assistance.
ESL Civics Program
The Center is also launching an ESL Civics Program in Fall 2013. The program will be available for all members of the community who wish to become American citizens. Instruction will be two-fold: there will be English language instruction and instruction in Civics and the citizenship process.
“Fast Track” ESL Program
For students who have been admitted to ELTC with the intention of matriculating to the University, ELTC offers a Fast Track Program. Students who have been placed in the intermediate or advanced level of instruction can complete a semester’s course load in just 8-9 weeks through this accelerated program. Those who successfully complete the Program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and are eligible for full admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Distance Learning ESL Program
To meet the needs of 21st century students, ELTC is also offering Distance Learning. The Distance Learning Program is targeted to students in countries for whom there are problems obtaining an F1 visa. Students who choose Distance Learning can still have the immersion experience from the comfort of their own home and they have the option of coming to Texas A&M University-Kingsville and meet up with their “virtual” colleagues for a week during the Summer.
Robert Paulson, Associate Vice President for Information Technology/CIO
College Hall 220
The iTech department is the university’s principal provider of administrative and infrastructure information technology resources and services. To support academic programs, iTech operates computing laboratories located in several locations on campus.
Video conferencing is available in the Jernigan Library, Rhode Hall, Engineering Complex, College Hall, Hill Hall, Same Fore Hall, Manning Hall and the Human Sciences Building. Distance learning classes can be delivered either via video conferencing (TTVN) or the Blackboard Learning Management System.
Besides maintaining the computer hardware and network infrastructure to support administrative information technology, iTech also maintains many administrative applications and systems. The Student Information System is Ellucian Banner. The university’s e-mail system for faculty and staff is Microsoft Exchange 365.
The campus network supports a 10 Gigabit Internet backbone with 10/100/1000 Mbps to the desktop and a 2 Gbps connection to the Internet. The campus network also includes the wireless technology providing both coverage for the majority of the academic buildings on campus. More than 2500 PCs in campus administrative offices, faculty and staff offices and academic computing laboratories are connected to the campus network giving the users access to a variety of software, data sources, e-mail and the Internet.
John E. Conner Museum
Jonathan Plant, Director
The Conner Museum, a department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, focuses on the cultural history of South Texas and the natural history of the Tamaulipan Biotic Province. The Museum serves as an educational resource for students, the local community and the people of South Texas.
The Museum participates in collaborative learning with other university departments, facilitates a museum intern program for university students and maintains both permanent and changing exhibit galleries. State and nationally touring exhibits are presented during the year free of charge to university students and the general public. An extensive study collection of various artifacts is also available for viewing by university students and researchers by appointment. In conjunction with its educational purpose, the Museum presents various interpretive programs for public school children and adults. The Conner Museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; the Museum is closed university holidays. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
Office of Institutional Research & Assessment
Miao Zhuang, Director
College Hall 233
The Office of Institutional Research serves to provide the high quality of research to support department program reviews, institutional planning and decision-making through the collection and dissemination of accurate and timely data, reports and analysis. The office is committed to providing support and expertise for the evaluation and assessment activities throughout the university. The office is also responsible for ensuring the timely submission and accuracy of reports to external agencies including, but not limited to, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), US News, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Legislative Budget Board and The Texas A&M University System.
Office of International Studies and Programs
Peter Li, Director
Cousins Hall 111
The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) works toward the internationalization of all aspects of Texas A&M University-Kingsville by involving students and faculty in international studies and research. OISP consists of four interrelated areas:
- Study Abroad Programs and International Internships;
- Student and Faculty Exchange Programs;
- Collaborative International Research;
- Study Abroad Scholarship;
- Employee and Student Business Travel Abroad; and
- International Memorandums of Understanding/Agreements of Cooperation.
Student Abroad Program and International Internships
In fulfillment of the mission of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, OISP encourages undergraduate and graduate students to spend a summer, a semester or, ideally, an academic year outside the United States. Students can earn credit toward their degrees through international studies. Faculty, staff and community members are also encouraged to participate in these programs. Options, with or without credit, are available for students and non-students in any degree or non-degree program.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville has many exchange agreements with international institutions. Students may earn credit toward their degree programs while faculty can obtain experience that positively impacts their professional careers. International students and faculty also can come to Texas A&M University-Kingsville through an exchange program and study or teach here on campus.
Collaborative International Research
OISP works with faculty, departments and colleges on identifying, developing and securing international research opportunities world-wide. This includes assisting faculty with Fulbright teaching and research awards and locations.
Study Abroad Scholarship
All Texas A&M University-Kingsville full-time students are welcome to apply for a scholarship to facilitate international studies. Scholarships can be used for tuition, fees and travel for an approved Texas A&M University-Kingsville Study Abroad Program outside the United States. These scholarships are also available to degree-seeking international students and these pay for their tuition and fees here at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Employee and Student Business Travel Abroad
University employee and students traveling internationally while representing Texas A&M University-Kingsville are required to register their travel with OISP. By registering with OISP, individuals will receive international health insurance coverage, registration with the Department of State’s STEP program and coverage of their travel under the TAMU system insurance policy.
International Memorandums of Understanding/Agreements of Cooperation
OISP is responsible for handling the process and procedures for developing and signing of agreements of cooperation/memorandums of understanding between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and institutions abroad. The Office collaborates with the President’s Office in organizing ceremonies and official visits of international delegations.
For additional information, contact the OISP at (361) 593- 3558 or via email at email@example.com.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
George A. Rasmussen, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
The office assists faculty in securing external funds for research. It coordinates campus research activities, acts as a liaison for interdisciplinary research and community outreach programs, provides information on funding sources and proposal and budget development, as well as data on submissions and awards. All proposals for external funds are submitted through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.