Welcome to the Home Page of Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS)
PASS is comprised of eight federally funded United States Department of Education (DOE) and one state-funded academic support programs: Student Support Services (SSS), SSS-STEM, SSS Teacher Prep, Upward Bound Central Program (UBCP), Upward Bound North Program (UBNP), McNair Scholars Program, First In The World (FITW), Project GRAD, and GO Centers. DOE and the State of Texas provide combined yearly funding to PASS of $3,011,750 to increase student retention and graduation rates through the following grants: SSS – P042A151348, SSS-STEM – P042A151453, SSS Teacher Prep – P042A151328, UBCP-P047A170169, UBNP-P047A170168, McNair – P217A170075, FITW – P116F140206, AND Project GRAD – P031S150027, AND THECB Work-Study Student Mentorship Program.
PASS programs serve the needs of low-income, first generation high school and college students and underrepresented students in higher education. The major goal of PASS is to increase student retention and graduation. Each of the PASS programs provides a pathway to student academic success.
The Department of Education (DOE) First In The World (FITW) Program funding has provided TAMUCC the opportunity to establish a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Online Supplemental Instruction Project (STEM-OSIP). This project will focus on online Supplemental Instruction (SI) as the means to address global excellence through STEM graduates.
Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program designed to help first-generation, low income, and disabled students find success in college. Students benefit from academic support, progress monitoring, success workshops and academic, transfer, and career advising. SSS has developed and implemented services that increase student college retention and graduation rates.
SSS STEM is a federally funded TRIO program that supports students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and health science. Services include all services listed above as well as workshops involving technology innovations, scientific and health research, and biotechnology.
SSS Teacher Prep is a federally funded TRIO program organized for students pursuing a teaching degree for kindergarten through 12th grade education. This program provides services listed above as well as test preparation to meet the teacher certification exams.
McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program. The program prepares low income, first generation and underrepresented undergraduate students to pursue their doctoral degree through research and other services provided by the program. McNair has developed and implemented services that increase student college retention and graduation rates.
The mission of the TAMUCC Upward Bound Central and North Programs is to improve the retention, graduation rates and overall academic success of the target area high school students. These two new programs will work with students at Moody, West OSO, Miller and Coles high schools. The required services will increase the target high school college admission rates for disadvantaged students. These services include TSIA, SAT, ACT preparation which is designed to prepare these target school students for postsecondary education programs through weekly tutorial programs provided by TAMUCC Tutors. Grant funded staff will also provide summer instructional services along with, advising, tutoring, counseling, field trips, on-campus and cultural experiences.
Project GRAD, funded by the Department of Education Title V program, is geared towards providing services and programs needed to keep the educational pipeline open to Hispanic, first-generation, low-income, and traditionally underrepresented students.
The GO Center Program, funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is dedicated to creating a college-going culture among high school students and providing the financial support needed to be successful in post-secondary education. The GO Centers serve as a point of coordination for college knowledge between students, parents, counselors, and Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.