Center for Student Success
Shannon Baker, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success
College Hall Room 234
The Center for Student Success is the home of programs which help students achieve college readiness, develop essential academic success skills, and strategically plan their path to graduation. In addition, the Center coordinates academic aspects of the Javelina First-Year Experience, including the First-Year Seminar, Javelina Read, Service Learning, Beginning Stages of Inquiry for Research, and Javelina Learning Communities. It provides an academic home for the advisement of all undergraduate students and is committed to creating a learner-centered environment. Additionally, the Center offers programs designed to enhance student success in the classroom. These programs include Academic Advising, Academic Career Literacy, Academic Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Javelina Embedded Tutor Program, and Peer Mentoring. All Center for Student Success programs are enhanced with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) high impact strategies.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is committed to the success of all students and provides transitional education course work as a Co-requisite model in math and integrated reading/writing with the goal of helping students achieve college readiness. This program is designed to prepare students for successful entry into their regular academic classes. The Non-Course Based lab courses will receive a grade of credit/non-credit and the grade is not calculated in the grade point average. These lab courses do not count as part of a degree program but are meant to support the Credit-bearing College Course. Each student’s academic background is reviewed and college preparedness is assessed as they are admitted to the university. Working with a Center for Student Success Academic Adviser, student schedules are customized to reflect student academic needs. Details regarding the Center for Student Success Texas Success Initiative Placement Measure are published within the Center for Student Success Transitional Education Plan, which is submitted for approval on an annual basis to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Center for Student Success programs are designed to support students as they develop their academic, personal and leadership skills. The following programs develop, enhance and enrich the undergraduate experience and while doing so, positively impact student retention and persistence to graduation.
The Center for Student Success personnel evaluate the academic background of incoming freshmen and assess student readiness for college course work. These advisers work with students to define and develop realistic goals, help students recognize their abilities and interests, identify any special needs and/or match students to available resources that may be required to aid in their journey to be successful. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisers on a regular basis to monitor their progress toward their educational and career goals. Advising provides a linkage between academic preparation and career goals. Advising provides the foundation for students to pursue their educational and career goals.
Learning Assistance Center
The Learning Assistance Center, located in the Jernigan Library, provides tutoring to students needing assistance in their courses.
Peer Mentoring Center
Peer mentors assist students and respond to specific questions regarding course content while assisting in the development of successful study skills and test-taking strategies in key courses.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. Each SI section is guided by an undergraduate SI leader, a peer mentor who has previously taken the course and has received training in note-taking, study skills and test-taking strategies.
Aleman, Ileana Lecturer I, Center for Student Success; B.A., University of Arkansas; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Bustamante, Diana Lecturer I, Center for Student Success; B.A., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; M.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
De Los Santos, Stephanie Lecturer I, Center for Student Success; B.A., Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., Walden University.
Gohre, David Lecturer II, Center for Student Success; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosk; M.A., Wayne State University.
Gonzalez, Laura Lecturer I, Center for Student Success; B.A., The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley; M.S, The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.
Hennessey, Patricia Lecturer II, Center for Student Success; M.A., Rhode Island College.
Morris, Nicole Lecturer I, Center for Student Success; B.A., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; M.A., Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Non-Course Based Option Courses
NCBI 0101 NCBO Integrated Read/Writing 1 SCH (0-2)
Integration of critical reading and academic writing skills. Placement is based on TSI Assessment and holistic evaluation. Credit/Non-Credit.
NCBM 0101 Non-Course Based Option Math 1 SCH (0-2)
Topics in mathematics such as arithmetic operations, basic algebra, concepts and notation, geometry, and real complex number systems. A study of relations and functions, inequalities, algebraic expressions and equations (absolute value, polynomial, radical, rational) with specific emphasis on linear and quadratic expressions and equations. Placement is based on TSI Assessment and holistic evaluation. Credit/Non-credit.
NCBR 0101 Non-Course Based Opt Reading 1 SCH (0-2)
Development of reading and higher order thinking skills necessary for college readiness. Placement is based on TSI Assessment and holistic evaluation. Credit/Non-Credit.
NCBW 0101 Non-Course Based Opt Writing 1 SCH (0-2)
Development of college-level writing focusing on idea generation, drafting, organization, revision, and utilization of standard English. Placement is based on TSI Assessment and holistic evaluation. Credit/Non-credit.
University Learning (UNIV)
UNIV 1101 Learning in Global Context I 1 SCH (0-2)
A student success lab, designed to enhance the opportunity for success of first-year students. In-depth analysis and application, extended readings, internet assignments, class discussion, and consistent student interaction and feedback concerning course content.
UNIV 1102 Learning in Global Context II 1 SCH (0-2)