1. Division of Student Access and Success
The Division of Student Access and Success was created in January 2009 to provide students at Texas A&M University-Commerce with opportunities and experiences that will foster their access to and success in higher education. The unprecedented organizational structure of this division reflects a continuum of support services that are required for today's students to have the transformational experience desired from earning a college degree.
The Division of Student Access and Success includes the following units: Enrollment Management and Retention, including undergraduate admissions, registrar, financial aid and scholarships, Hispanic outreach and student programs, veterans and military services, and international student services; Honors College; University College, including college readiness and student assessment, success coaches, early intervention, freshman success seminars and student engagement, and developmental education; Campus Life and Student Development, including residential learning and living, Morris Recreation Center, Sam Rayburn Student Center, counseling services, diversity affairs, student judicial services, student organizations and activities, applied leadership institute, and student health services; Student Support Services, including Trio programs, career development, and student tutoring initiatives; Outreach, including off-campus sites and programs and distance education.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has created an organizational structure that first focuses on creating partnerships with public schools and community colleges to align curriculum, instruction, and expectations so that students are ready for a successful college experience. Secondly, a Student Access and Success Center provides a one-stop shop concept for student support services. This one-stop concept allows the university to form a team to focus on the success of each new student. Freshmen Success Seminars, as well as early intervention processes, allow the university to diagnose concerns and prescribe strategies to assist students with their educational experience. Success coaches, rather than traditional academic advisors, have been hired and trained to assist students in developing personalized educational plans focused on career goals and financial resources.
The traditional Student Affairs organizational structure has been replaced by focusing on campus life and student development. Specific learning outcomes for the post-secondary experience have been developed so that students not only receive a degree that prepares them for success in their chosen careers, but also provides them with specific knowledge and skills that are transferable to any setting. These specific learning outcomes are focused on leadership, globalization, service learning, and wellness.
The university has identified the traditional "gate-keeping" courses with which data indicate students have difficulty. Innovative academic support services have been and will continue to be implemented to increase student success rates.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has created two offices to focus on two populations targeted in the Strategic Enrollment Plan. An Office for Hispanic Outreach has been formed and resources dedicated to focus on the university's goal of becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution within three years. An Office for Military and Veteran Services has been formed and Texas A&M University-Commerce has been designated a 2010 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs. The designation is reserved for the top 15% of colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States that are reaching out to America's veterans as students.
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