What is AVID?

Texas A&M University is an AVID Higher Education Institution.

AVID for Higher Education (AHE) is designed specifically to meet the needs of students attending a college or university. AHE resources systemically address the goals of increased learning, persistence, completion and success in and beyond college.

When implemented with fidelity, AVID impacts the expectations and behaviors of postsecondary students, faculty, and administrators through research-driven and ongoing professional learning.

TAMUK operates in AVID’s Student Success Initiative which is a comprehensive model of planning and professional development that promotes high-engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities. A unique component is the First-Year Seminar, which is designed to support the college transition to help students access campus resources, to teach college skills, and build relationships to support academic success. Faculty development and professional learning for faculty, staff, including CTE instructors, and additional support for advising, tutorials and mentoring, focuses on increased persistence, success, and completion of degree and certificate for students. 


  •  Student accountability- taking responsibility for their own learning; Advancement Via Individual Determination
  •  Academic behaviors, competencies, efficacy, peer support, mentoring
  •  Rigor with support – tackling acceleration successfully, changing belief systems; holding them to high expectations
  • Learning strategies applied to coursework versus isolated study skills


Faculty professional development dates.


Compiled List

Offered by

The Center for Student Success in collaboration with The Center for Teaching Effectiveness






Friday, August 10, 2018



Tips of the Trade: The first days as a Javelina Teacher

This training would be a mixer of sorts. Attendees will be trained on what to expect the first weeks of school and how to navigate these in a positive, effective manner. In addition, this is a general overview of High Impact Practices.

Stephanie Bain De Los Santos

Faculty/staff at TAMUK, GTA’s, and

Area ISDs

Fri., September 7, 2018


Blue Room

Teaching STEM in Higher Education

This training will be geared towards faculty in the STEM fields. During this training. Attendees will learn how to incorporate high impact practice strategies in the STEM classroom.


Faculty/staff at TAMUK, GTA’s, and

Area ISDs

Friday, October 5, 2018


Blue Room

Culturally Relevant Teaching

How do you empower students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes? Culturally Relevant Teaching: Empowering Students will give hands-on experience with lessons to take back to your classrooms that help bridge the home and school cultures of students. Within classrooms, cultivating humanity and celebrating diversity require attention both to individual and collective development. Learn how to engage students in critical conversations. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution; however, this strand will help equip you with tools to empower students.

Stephanie Bain De Los Santos

Faculty/staff at TAMUK, GTA’s, and

Area ISDs

We are an AVID post secondary school. At TAMUK we practice AVID strategies to help students learn and succeed in their classes.



Stephanie Bain De Los Santos

AVID Liaison, UNIV Lecturer
Center for Student Success
Jernigan Library, 210
Phone: (361) 593-3047

Dr. Shannon Baker

Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
AVID Liaison
Kleberg Hall 136

This page was last updated on: April 15, 2019