Student Academic Support

Academic Support (AS)

Academic Support (AS) located in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203/205, provides the TAMIU students with an array of free academic support programs such as one to one tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), group tutoring, and a variety of workshops and oral presentations. In addition, AS provides online assistance, writing resources, peer review/writing sessions, and support for all content areas: math, science, communication, etc. Open 7 days a week with extended hours, AS offers students flexible scheduling hours, a supportive learning environment, online SI support, and learning assistance models focused on student development and student-centered learning strategies. Overall, AS ensures all students at TAMIU develop an educational compass so that they may direct their own learning; take responsibility for their own academic growth; and ultimately, achieve their educational goals of graduating in a timely manner.

TRiO – (SSS)

The U.S. Department of Education funds the TRiO SSS program through a competitive grant. Participants must be first generation and/or economically disadvantaged or a student with a disability evidencing academic need. Students receive individualized structured support, such as tutoring and academic coaching to: 1) maintain a GPA above 2.0, 2) persist in college, and 3) graduate within six years.  The TRIO SSS Program is located in Dr. Billy Cowart Hall 208.

TRiO STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Sciences)

The U.S. Department of Education funds the TRiO STEM (and Health Sciences) program. Participants majoring in one of the STEM fields must be first-generation and/or economically disadvantaged or have high academic needs to participate. Students receive individualized structured support, such as faculty and peer mentoring and academic advising and coaching to 1) maintain a GPA above 2.0, 2) persist in college, and 3) graduate within six years.  The TRiO STEM Program is located in Dr. Billy Cowart Hall 206.

Peer Mentoring

The purpose of the peer mentoring program is to help freshmen through a smooth transition by acclimating to the college campus, developing a sense of belonging and self-awareness in and outside of class, connecting to campus resources, and engaging to college life in a proactive way. Hence, all freshmen enrolled in UNIV first-year courses will be supported by peer mentors through one-on-one interactions and regular group meetings. Attendance and participation in mentor meetings is part of students’ grades in both UNIV 1201 and 1302 courses. Peer mentors serve as positive role models so first-year students learn to adjust to college life and seek appropriate support early.