Services

Office of Student Access offers the following programs servicing First-Generations students:

Student Support Services (SSS)

The mission of Student Support Services is to facilitate a climate supportive of academic success and personal enrichment through proactive and individualized services available to the student from their first semester through graduation.  SSS students are challenged to take charge of their learning and develop skills that will enable them to enhance their lives and become well rounded citizens of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville community.  SSS staffs initiate and develop partnerships with students that are academically based and also strive to lead students down a path towards cultural growth and awareness. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists 240 students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate them toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Student Support Services-(SSS-STEM) 

The SSS-STEM program provides opportunities for academic development, assists 120 students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.  The goal of SSS-STEM is to increase college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.  It fosters an institutional climate supportive of the success of low income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities through services. SSS-STEM students are challenged to take charge of their learning and develop skills that will enable them to enhance their lives and become well rounded citizens of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville community.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars

The mission of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Scholars Program is to prepare and increase the number of juniors and seniors in the fields of Math, Sciences and Engineering to pursue doctoral studies. The program is named after the late Dr. Ronald E. McNair and is one of 176 McNair program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education under a TRIO grant.  McNair Scholars are a talented and unique group of students that, through their participation in the program, receive advising, academic skills enhancement opportunities, faculty mentorship, research experiences, counseling, tutoring and other scholarly activities in preparation for their enrollment in graduate school. Students who participate in the program come from disadvantaged backgrounds, show strong academic potential and are committed to pursuing a doctoral degree.  The McNair Scholars Program works closely with the College of Graduate Studies in increasing the number, quality and diversity of Master’s and Ph.D. graduates across all disciplines by identifying opportunities for talented students to pursue graduate education, fostering opportunities for fellowships and assistantships and producing new faculty to help close the gaps in higher education in Texas.

 

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

The Educational Opportunity Center Program (EOC) is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  EOC provides counseling information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.  An important objective of EOC is to counsel participants on financial aid options and to assist in the application process; guidance on secondary school re-entry or entry to a GED program; academic advice and career counseling.  The goal of EOC is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

Talent Search (TS)

The Talent Search Program (TS) of Texas A&M University-Kingsville is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  The TS program identifies students who demonstrate an interest or desire to attend college and provides them with the motivation and support to enroll in a program of post-secondary education after high school graduation.  TS encourages and prepares students for post-secondary enrollment by providing assigned students in grades 6-12 with the following services and activities through group workshops and individual appointments.  Talent Search program is held at designated target schools (HM King /Robstown/San Diego/Ben Bolt High Schools): academic advisement, college awareness activities, career exploration activities, financial aid awareness activities, scholarship information, college and career fields trips and individual assistance with college admission, scholarship applications and financial aid forms.

Upward Bound Program

The goal of the Upward Bound Program is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.  The program provides support to participants in their preparation for college entrance and opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.  Upward Bound serves high school students from a first generation background and/or low income families. The TAMU-K Upward Bound Program will serve 50 high school students each year in the target areas of Alice, San Diego, and H.M. Kingsville High Schools.  The services provided by the program are as follows: academic instruction and tutoring in various curriculums, preparation for college entrance exams, academic/financial advisement and counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment events and work study programs.

 

Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMS)/ Upward bound Math & Science-Urban (UBMS-Urban)

The objectives of the Upward Bound Math and Science Program are to increase the number of low income and first generation students, traditionally underrepresented, in institutions of higher education.  To prepare students for college, the program provides an intensive six-week summer residential/research program in math, science, engineering and computer skills.  Faculty and graduate student mentors assist with the research and help increase student competency in challenging subject matters.  In addition, the Upward Bound Math and Science Program also provides the students with year-round college preparation workshops in ACT testing, financial aid, college admissions, career seminars and academic advising.  The program’s goal is to encourage students to pursue programs that will lead them to careers in mathematics and science. This selective UBMS program serves 55 students each year in the target areas of Alice, San Diego, and H.M. Kingsville high schools. UBMS-Urban target schools are Robstown and Taft.

This page was last updated on: November 30, 2017