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A History of the Center for Academic Student Achievement

The Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) was first established as the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) in June 1994 with the induction of the first freshman class. In 1994, the primary goal was to provide first-year students with academic support in the form of tutorials. The program quickly grew, both in the number of students served and services offered. In the fall of 1997, Supplemental Instruction was introduced and the Writing Center was formalized to assist students across the disciplines, including graduate students. In the fall of 2008, the Academic Insight Mentors (AIM), a peer mentoring program, began assisting first-year students (re-named Islander Success Advocates, Summer 2014). In 2008, the department’s name was changed to the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) and reorganization was implemented.

In November 2009, CASA moved into the newly renovated Glasscock building, which is now the Glasscock Student Success Center. CASA serves as the University’s centralized location for academic support services, such as tutoring, Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction, and peer mentoring. Beginning in Fall 2015, CASA’s First Scholars’ Academy will offer additional guidance and support for first-generation college students. CASA also implemented Starfish Early Alert and Connect during SP14, which is the University’s early academic warning system.

The Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a full-service learning assistance center, housing various support programs for TAMUCC students. We are dedicated to offering informed and pedagogically-sound academic support to our campus community. As such, our student learning assistant staff is trained following the guidelines and protocols outlined by the College Learning and Reading Association. In addition, our training program is informed by the National Association of Developmental Education’s best practices in tutor training. CASA is comprised of eight academic support programs: Developmental Education, First Scholars’ Academy, Islander Success Advocates, the Office of Retention Support & Analytics, Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, and the Writing Center. CASA is guided by the Assistant Vice President for Student Success.

The Center for Academic Student Achievement’s vision is to assist in closing educational gaps by Integrating, Engaging, Motivating, Retaining, and Graduating students through academic support and mentoring services.