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V.E. Student Success Programs

V.E.1. Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

V.E.1.01 Assessment

The System shall assess, by a state approved assessment instrument, the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student prior to enrollment of the student. Under exceptional circumstances, the System may permit a student to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework without assessment but shall require the student to be assessed not later than the end of the first semester of enrollment in freshman-level academic coursework. The results of the assessment will not be used as a condition for admission.

V.E.1.02 Exemptions/Exceptions

The following students shall be exempt from the TSI requirements:

  1. For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards:
    1. ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections;
    2. Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the verbal test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections; or
  2. For a period of three (3 ) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) with a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test.
  3. For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts Section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.
  4. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  5. A student who transfers to an institution from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.
  6. A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
  7. A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.
  8. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.
  9. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
  10. A non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.

V.E.1.03 Assessment Instruments

The following assessment instruments are approved by the Board:

  1. ASSET and COMPASS offered by ACT;
  2. Accuplacer offered by The College Board;
  3. Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) offered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc.

V.E.1.04 Minimum Passing Standards

The following minimum passing standards shall be used by an institution to determine a student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework:

  1. ASSET: Reading Skills - 41; Elementary Algebra - 38; Writing Skills (objective) - 40; and Written Essay - 6.
  2. COMPASS: Reading Skills - 81; Algebra - 39; Writing Skills (objective) - 59; and Written Essay - 6.
  3. ACCUPLACER: Reading Comprehension - 78; Elementary Algebra - 63; Sentence Skills - 80; and Written Essay - 6
  4. THEA: Reading - 230; Mathematics - 230; Writing - 220.

The minimum passing standard for the written essay portion of all tests is a score of 6. However, an essay with a score of 5 will meet this standard if the student meets the objective writing test standard.

V.E.1.05 Advisement and Plan for Academic Success

For each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standards described in 1.04, the System shall:

  1. Establish a program to advise the student regarding developmental education necessary to ensure the readiness of that student in performing freshman-level academic coursework.
  2. Determine a plan, working with the student, for academic success, which shall include developmental education and may include provisions for enrollment in appropriate non-developmental coursework.

Each plan for academic success shall:

  1. Be designed on an individual basis to provide the best opportunity for each student to succeed in performing freshman-level academic coursework.
  2. Provide to the student a description of the appropriate developmental education considered necessary to ensure the readiness of that student to perform freshman-level academic coursework.
  3. Provide to the student an appropriate measure for determining readiness to perform freshman-level academic coursework.

V.E.1.06 Determination of Readiness to Perform Freshman-level Academic Coursework

An institution shall determine when a student is ready to perform freshman-level academic coursework on an individual basis according to the needs of the student.As indicators of readiness, institutions shall consider, as appropriate:

  1. Performance in developmental education.
  2. Performance in appropriate non-developmental coursework.
  3. Performance on a state approved assessment instrument or performance on a System selected assessment.
  4. A student may retake an assessment instrument at any time, subject to availability, to determine the student's readiness to perform freshman-level academic coursework.
  5. The System shall, as soon as practicable and feasible, indicate a student's readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing on the transcript of each student.

V.E.1.07 Evaluation and Reporting

At the end of each semester, the System shall report to the Board the following information for undergraduate students: Social Security Number (SSN), semester credit hours (SCH), grade points earned, ethnicity, gender, date of birth, Texas Success Initiative status, initial assessment instrument, score on initial assessment, type of development education received for each area (reading, mathematics, writing), grade in first related non-developmental course, and the results of any subsequent assessment.

 

LSCS Policy Manual Section adopted by the Board of Trustees on August 7, 2008

V.E.2. Student Success Initiative

V.E.2.01 Prerequisites

The System is committed to assuring that students have the reading, writing and mathematical skills required to be successful in college level classes. Therefore, most college level courses have required pre- or co-requisites that a student must meet prior to enrolling in the course.

V.E.2.02 Programs

The System will provide programs such as tutoring, mentoring, special courses, etc. to assist students.

 

LSCS Policy Manual Section adopted by the Board of Trustees on August 7, 2008

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