Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Center for Student Success


TAMUK: The first AVID for Higher Education Four-Year National Demonstration Site         

Overview of AVID:

Texas A&M University-Kingsville completed its 8 th year as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Higher Education Institution with the final phase of observation in a rigorous and lengthy process to become the first four-year higher education institution AVID Campus of Distinction.

AVID is a non-profit, college-readiness system aimed at closing student achievement gaps. AVID for Higher Education is the newest component in the AVID program and is currently implemented in more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide. With this recognition, TAMUK sets itself apart from other higher education institutions in the areas of professional development, teacher preparedness, and student success initiatives.

TAMUK will be visited by campuses from across the nation as well as from independent school districts that are AVID K-12 certified. This will allow TAMUK to build relationships with community colleges, four-year institutions, and K-12 schools for grant and research opportunities.


Student Success Initiative (Housed under the CFSS)

The Student Success Initiative 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 students’ transition to college. This includes accessing campus resources, teaching college study skills, undergraduate research, and building relationships to support academic success.

Faculty development and professional learning for faculty, staff, student-teachers, and local school districts are important to fulfilling student needs. The AVID Circle of Care at TAMUK would not be complete without additional support for advising, tutoring and mentoring, and career and special needs services. These efforts focus on increased persistence, success, and completion of degree and certification for students.

History of AVID at TAMUK:

  • AVID Student Success began in 2011
  • Piloted by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Grant
  • Center for Student Success departmentalized and composed of Academic Advising, First-Year Seminar, Tutoring and Mentoring, Professional Development, Career Services, the University Writing Center, and Undergraduate Research.
  • After the grant ended, TAMUK continued to fund the institutionalized AVID Student Success Model, which is the Center for Student Success.
  • TAMUK funds the Center for Student Success from institutional funds.
  • March 2019: TAMUK became the first four-year AVID National Demonstration Site.


Center for Student Success in Collaboration with the Center for Teaching Effectiveness

Fall 2021 High Impact Practice Professional Development Event:  October 20, 2021 (virtual conference) 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.


*The workshop can be counted toward the Certificate of Professional Development in Teaching offered by the Center for Teaching Effectiveness and the Center for Student Success.



 Dr. Shannon Baker

Associate Vice President for Student Success
AVID Liaison
Jernigan Library, Room 220



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