Sophomore Success Experience
TAMIU was awarded the Title V: Engaging Sophomores federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a five year period from 2010 to 2015. The program was created to address sophomore needs on campus and alleviate common stressors known as the "sophomore slump". Recent national studies have concluded that sophomores, in general, tend to feel disconnected from the college experience during their second year in school. Therefore, our program generated a new approach towards sophomore success. Our approach is to provide a collaboration between student support services to encourage student engagement at all levels.
Sophomores can better utilize support services provided to them by Title V. Engaging Sophomores, better known as Sophomore Success, offered student support services such as advising and mentoring, personal and career advising, tutoring, and supplemental instruction. Each support area contained highly trained staff to provide services exclusively to sophomores.
Apart from student services, our sophomores were offered various service-learning courses every semester to create hands-on experiences in the Laredo region. The students enrolled in these courses have produced a positive and economic impact for the Laredo community. Our program also provided professional faculty development such as workshops, guest speakers, and webinars to enhance pedagogical practices at TAMIU.
TAMIU's Sophomore Success Program was a program dedicated to making your second year experience as rewarding and effective as your freshman year.
Our mission was to enhance the sophomore experience by providing academic support services, engaging sophomores through community service and building relations with faculty to enhance excellence in lifelong learning and student success.
SOPHOMORE SUPPORT SERVICES:
- Peer to Peer Mentoring
- Personal Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
- Service Learning Courses
- Student Wall Recognition-"Four Years, Many Futures"
- Service-Learning Instruction
- Professional Development
- Guest Speakers
- Faculty Surveys
Second Year Student Support Services
The following support services were provided by Engaging Sophomores staff:
SOPHOMORE RETENTION SPECIALISTThe Advising and Mentoring Center (AMC) provides freshmen and sophomore students with appropriate tools and services towards the building of better and stronger paths. The staff of the AMC encourages both academic and social exploration through the following services:
Help improve academic status for students on probation/suspension
Keep students updated on current academic changes
SOPHOMORE CAREER COUNSELOR
- Strong Interest Inventory- powerful tool that helps you to make satisfying decisions about your career and education.
- Resume/personal statement workshops
- Mock job interviews
- Job/Internship opportunities
- Numerous resources on career exploration
SOPHOMORE PERSONAL COUNSELOR
- Anxiety-Stress Management
- Test Anxiety Techniques
- Family and Work Stressors
- Academic Difficulties
- Identity Development
- Exploration of Values and Beliefs
- Relationship Problems
- Time Management
- Substance Abuse
- Loss and Grief
- Coping with Disabilities
- Eating Disorders
- Premarital Counseling
- Adjustment Difficulties
- Personal Assault
- Roommate Conflict
SOPHOMORES GET INVOLVED!
Sophomore Leaders Involved in Change (SLIiC) invited students that had 30-59 completed hours to be a part of an organization aimed and developing solutions to local, regional, national and international problems. The program culminates in group project completions and presentations to the local community.
- Gain personal competencies.
- Develop a sense of personal leadership identity.
- Build communication and problem-solving skills.
- Expand their knowledge of the social change model.