University Success Course


The University Success Course is designed to assist freshman with enhancing their academic skills while introducing them to campus life at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  While building professional relationships with faculty and fellow students, new freshman will critically think, read, discuss and write about creative topics selected for the course.  Opportunities are also provided to explore various campus resources and participate in service learning projects.   Students will enroll in UNIV 1101 in the Fall (1 semester credit course) and UNIV 1102 in the Spring (1 semester credit course) to meet the mandatory requirements.


The Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Success course prepares first-year students to succeed academically and professionally. The course brings students together in a unified learning community that not only facilitates their transition into college, but gives them the tools necessary to work efficiently toward graduation and on to their chosen career path. It utilizes active learning strategies to train the students how to organize and recall crucial information, apply that knowledge toward success in the classroom, and grow into engaged citizens who are capable of achieving significant long-term goals.


Freshman Seminar is a comprehensive course designed to enhance the opportunities for success for first year students.  The goals of the course include encouraging habitual application of proven learning strategies as implemented through AVID in interdisciplinary and internationally focused academic study, increasing awareness of academic and student life resources, and developing proactive and social behavior.  These insights and behaviors will help you successfully complete specific academic assignments in your classes and remain in good academic standing at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Course assignments require in-depth analysis and application and include extended readings, internet assignments, class discussions, and consistent student-instructor interaction and feedback concerning course content.

Please click on the link to view the UNIV 1101 Syllabus

Please click on the link to view the UNIV 1102 Syllabus


Students will be able to:

  • Identify the essential components necessary for a successful transition to Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Identify campus support networks that are key to student success at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Contribute to a positive learning environment that will increase student engagement at Texas A&M University-Kingsville


Students enrolled in the university success course will all follow the textbook listed below:

Cuseo, J., Fecas, V., & Thompson, A. (2010). Thriving in college and beyond: Research-based strategies for academic success & personal development, 2nd edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. ISBN #:978-0-7575-7279-1


Students enrolled in the university success course will participate in the javelina read program.  The book selected for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters is listed below:

 Where am I Wearing

Ernest Cline:  Ready Player One.

ISBN #:978-1-118-27755-3

For more information on the Javelina Read Program, please visit the following link:


Students will be expected to contribute to one service learning class project each semester while enrolled in the university success course.

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The instructors selected to teach this course are required to be AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) trained prior to the Fall semester, attend monthly professional learning community meetings, and again will be AVID trained in the Spring. The instructors are continuously being refreshed on AVID teaching techniques throughout the year that are incorporated into the curriculum within all university success courses.  This professional development allows our instructors to create a professional learning community that permits them to learn from AVID experts as well as from each other.

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For more information on AVID please visit the following links:


Christina Gonzalez-Rodriguez

Graduation Pathways Success Center Coordinator
Assistant Director UNIV (First Year Seminar)

Center for Student Success

Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Jernigan Library 223

This page was last updated on: February 16, 2016