Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives

The mission for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives (SSMI) is to provide academically-based services and intellectual opportunities for/to students, faculty, staff, and the global community by facilitating collaboration through schools, services, and research. Focused on our mission, SSMI has two (2) primary functions: 1) to increase student success by providing programs, services and courses and 2) to provide multicultural programs, services, and experiences. 

SSMI is comprised of the following departments:

  1. Academic Advising Center - Degree Plan Evaluations, Continuous Advising - Year Round
  2. Academic Support Center - Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring
  3. Career Services Center - comprehensive career development program to assist students in developing and implementing a strategic career plan.
  4. Center for Access and Academic Testing (formerly Student Assessment Services & Student Disability Services) - Entrance Exams, Credit by Examination, Placement Exams, Graduate Exams, Testing Accommodations, Exam Proctoring, and Accommodations for Students with Documented Disabilities
  5. Center for Academic Readiness and Success (formerly Student Success Programs) - Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program, Rules for Students in Developmental Courses, Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules Related to Freshmen-Level Mathematics and English Courses
  6. Upward Bound - Services and Support for High School Students from Low-Income Families to Prepare for Higher Education
  7. Office of Diversity and Inclusion - Diversity Programming, Outreach and Consultation Services, MENtal Freedom, Tarleton Allies, Multicultural Ambassadors
  8. Office of International Programs/Study Abroad - Services and Programs for International Students, Experiences and Opportunities for Current Students to Study Abroad/US, facilitates applications for International Education Fee Scholarships

Rules for Students in Developmental Courses

Students in developmental courses:

  1. may not drop developmental courses (First Year Seminar (1100)MATH 0303 or MATH 0304, or UNIV 0301) except for extraordinary situations;
  2. must participate in lab activities associated with the developmental courses;
  3. may not advance to the next course [ENGL 0303 to ENGL 1301MATH 0304 to MATH 0304, or MATH 0304 to college-level mathematics] until the student has completed the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better;
  4. who do not achieve a grade of “C” or better in a development course must re-enroll in this course during the next semester.
Developmental Mathematics

A student placed in a development mathematics course (MATH 0303 or MATH 0304) must enroll in this course during his/her first semester and continue enrollment in mathematics courses until s/he has successfully completed a college level mathematics course.

Developmental English

A student placed in UNIV 0301 must enroll in this course during his/her first semester and continue enrollment in English courses until s/he has successfully completed the freshman-level English sequence [i.e., ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302]. Students enrolled in UNIV 0301 will be given diagnostic writing assessments during the first and second days of class. An acceptable performance on either of these assessments will permit a student to move from UNIV 0301 to ENGL 1301within the late registration period.

Exceptions to these rules require approval of the AVP for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and Continuing Enrollment, and Completion Rules for First College-Level Courses in Mathematics, Writing and Reading Intensive Courses

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a State of Texas strategy designed to enhance undergraduate student success in higher education (Texas Education Code, Section 51.3062). This initiative consists of two components: 1) the TSI assessment – an assessment to evaluate undergraduate student preparedness for college and career success with a new comprehensive diagnostics and placement testing system, and 2) developmental education to enhance an undergraduate student’s academic skills that need improvement.

Unless exempt, all incoming students must take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling at Tarleton State University (TSU).

*Undergraduate students admitted to TSU after August 26, 2013 will be subject to new TSI requirements, which state the following examinations will no longer satisfy TSI: Accuplacer, THEA, ASSET, and COMPASS

I. About the TSI Assessment:

A - Pre-Assessment Activity – Each student will be required to successfully complete an online TSI pre-assessment activity focused on the following:

  1. importance of assessment in an undergraduate student’s academic career
  2. assessment process and components (with sample test questions)
  3. developmental education options (including course pairing, non-course-based interventions)
  4. institutional and community student resources (including tutoring, transportation, childcare, and financial aid)

http://www.tarleton.edu/CAAT/academic-testing.html

B – The Assessment – The assessment is divided into three sections:

  1. The TSI Mathematics and Statistics Test: A multiple-choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards focused on elementary algebra, intermediate algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, and data analysis, statistics, and probability.
  2. The TSI Writing Test: A multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards focused on essay revision, agreement, sentence structure, and sentence logic.
  3. The TSI Reading Test: A multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards focused on literary analysis, main idea and supporting details, inferences in a text or texts, and author’s use of language.

C – TSI College Readiness Scores Phasing Plan (with less relevant high school experience)

Timeline Math Reading Writing
Phase 1 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2013 Score: 350 - 390 Score: 351 - 390 Essay Score: 5 - 8 or Essay Score: 4 with Multiple Choice Score: 363 - 390
Phase 2 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2017 Score: 356 - 390 Score: 355 - 390 Essay Score: 5 - 8 or Essay Score: 4 with Multiple Choice Score: 363 - 390
Final Phase – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2019 Score: 369 - 390 Score: 359 - 390 Essay Score: 5 - 8 or Essay Score: 4 with Multiple Choice Score: 363 - 390


D – TSI Developmental Education Scores

Timeline Math Reading Writing
Phase 1 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2013 Score: 336 - 349 Score: 342 - 350 Essay Score: 4 or Essay Score: 4 with Multiple Choice Score: 350 - 362
Phase 2 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2017 Score: 336 - 355 Score: 342 - 354 Essay Score: 4 or Essay Score: 4 with Multiple Choice Score: 350 – 362
Final Phase – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2019 Score: 336 - 369 Score: 342 - 358 Essay Score: 4 or Essay Score: 4 with Multiple Choice Score: 350 - 362


I. TSI Assessment - Exemptions and Waivers

A – Full Exemptions

An undergraduate student is exempt from all TSI requirements under one (or more) of the following conditions:

  • A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  • A student who transfers from a private or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by TSU.
  • A student who has previously attended another Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. TSI information is often not included on transcripts, so it may be necessary to provide proof of test scores or other documentation.
  • 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 (3) years preceding enrollment.
  • 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.

B - Partial Exemptions

An undergraduate student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions:

Assessment Math Exempt Reading/Writing Exempt
ACT (if scores are less than five years old) 19 - Math with 23 Composite 19 - English with 23 Composite
SAT (if scores are less than five years old) 500 - Math with 1070 Composite 500 – Critical Reading with 1070 Composite
TAKS (if scores are less than five years old) 2200 - Math 2200 - English Language Arts Score with 3 - Essay Score

*Critical Reading + Math = SAT Composite Score

C - Temporary Waivers

  • Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less.

Students in developmental courses:

  1. May not drop developmental courses (MATH 0303 or MATH 0304 and UNIV 0204 , or UNIV 0301). Students will not be allowed to drop developmental courses, except for extraordinary situations, unless they retest with the new TSI assessment and meet college-readiness standards;
  2. must participate in lab activities associated with the developmental courses;
  3. may not advance to the next course [UNIV 0301 to ENGL 1301MATH 0304 to MATH 0304, or MATH 0304 to first college-level mathematics course] until the student has completed the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better;
  4. who do not achieve a grade of “C” or better in a development course must re-enroll in this course during the  next semester or retest with the new TSI assessment and meet college-readiness standards.

Developmental Mathematics (Continuous Enrollment Policy)

A student placed in a development mathematics course (MATH 0303 or MATH 0304) must enroll in this course during his/her first semester and continue enrollment in mathematics courses until s/he has successfully completed a first college-level mathematics course.  A student who is not college-ready based upon the Texas Success Initiative when entering the first college semester must complete this sequence in 3 years.

Developmental English (Continuous Enrollment Policy)

A student placed in UNIV 0301 must enroll in this course during his/her first semester and continue enrollment in English courses until he/she has successfully completed the first college-level English sequence [i.e., ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302].  A student who is not college-ready based upon the Texas Success Initiative when entering the first college semester must complete this sequence in 3 years.

Exceptions to these rules require approval of the AVP for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives.

E – TSI Adult Basic Education Scores

Timeline Math Reading Writing
Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2013 Score: 310 - 336 Score: 310 - 342 Essay Score: 1-3 or Essay Score: 1-3 with Multiple Choice Score: 349 or lower


III. Developmental Education and Adult Basic Education

A – Developmental Education Courses, Non-Course Based Instruction, and Adult Basic Education

Reading   (College-Ready Scores Before the 12th Class Day)

  1. If a student attempts the TSI Reading exam before the 12th class day and scores a 351 or higher, then the student may enroll in an appropriate first college-level reading intensive course.
  2. After the 12th class day, if the student scores a 351 or higher to become TSI complete, then the student should still be responsible for the class s/he enrolled in for the semester. However, their college readiness will be updated and s/he will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate first college-level course the following semester regardless of the grade received in his/her developmental course.

Writing (College-Ready Scores Before the 12th Class Day)

  1. If a student attempts the TSI Writing exam before the 12th class day and scores a 5 or 363 and 4 or higher, then the student may enroll in an appropriate first college-level English composition course
  2. After the 12th class day, if the student scores a 5 or 363 and 4 or higher to become TSI complete, then the student should still be responsible for the class s/he enrolled in for the semester. However, his/her college readiness will be updated and s/he will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate first college-level course the following semester regardless of the grade received in his/her developmental course.

Mathematics (College-Ready Scores Before the 12th Class Day)

  1. If a student attempts the TSI Mathematics exam before the 12th class day and scores 350 or higher, then the student may enroll in an appropriate first college-level course to match their chosen major.
  2. After the 12th class day, if the student scores 350 or above to become TSI complete, then the student should still be responsible for the class s/he enrolled in for the semester. However, his/her college readiness will be updated and s/he will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate first college-level Mathematics course the following semester regardless of the grade received in his/her developmental course.

B – Continuous Enrollment in Developmental Education Courses

Students will need to maintain continuous enrollment in the developmental education course sequence (UNIV 0301-  Integrated Reading and Writing Course, Math 0303, Math 0304/UNIV 0204) until they earn a grade of “C” or better. A TSI hold will be placed on students’ accounts until they meet minimum requirements for college readiness.

C – Reading, Writing, and Math – Failure to Meet Minimum Standards on the TSI Assessment

1. If a student fails to meet the minimum standards for Reading, the following is required:

Requirement 1: The Student MUST Enroll in the Following Course:
UNIV 0301Integrated Reading/Writing3
Should a student not meet the criteria for college readiness in Reading, s/he will be restricted from enrolling in the following reading intensive courses until college readiness is attained:
ENGL 2310The Short Story3
ENGL 2320Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 2340Literature and Film3
ENGL 2350Backgrounds of Western Literature3
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
HIST 2321World Civilizations I3
HIST 2322World Civilizations II3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
GOVT 2305Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)3
GOVT 2306Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)3

2. If a student fails to meet the minimum standards for Writing, the following is required:

Requirement: The Student must enroll in one of the following courses as determined by his/her TSI assessment score and holistic advising:
UNIV 0301Integrated Reading/Writing3
or ACC ENGL 1301: Accelerated English Composition with support
 

3. If a student fails to meet the minimum standards for mathematics, the following is required:

Requirement : The student must enroll in one of the following courses as determined by his/her TSI assessment score and holistic advising:
MATH 0303Basic Mathematics3
or MATH 0304 Fundamentals of College Algebra
Some sections of these courses may require enrollment in a supplementary Non-Course Competency-Based Option


D – Determination of College Readiness Through Developmental Education Courses*

Readiness Category
Reading/Writing and/or Mathematics
"C" or Better in the Following Courses:
UNIV 0301Integrated Reading/Writing3
MATH 0303Basic Mathematics3
MATH 0304
UNIV 0204
Fundamentals of College Algebra
and Non-Course Based Option for MATH 0304
5

E – Determination of College Readiness Through Adult Basic Education

*This portion of the TSI plan will be updated in Summer 2014.

Continuing Enrollment and Completion Rules for first college-level courses in Mathematics, English and Reading intensive courses.

Students must complete their first college-level courses in all three skill areas (mathematics, English and reading) based upon the following timeline:

Students who are college-ready – 1 year
Students who are not college-ready – 3 years
Meeting TSI within two years (students not college-ready)

Academic Support Services

Access for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may request appropriate accommodation by contacting the Center for Access and Academic Testing by phone at (254) 968-9400, in person in Room 201 of the Math Building, or via email at caat@tarleton.edu. Formal accommodation requests cannot be made until the student has been admitted to Tarleton. However, students are encouraged to make initial contact well in advance of this time to establish evidence of disability status and to allow time to arrange possible accommodations.

The policy of Tarleton State University is to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal, state, and local laws. Applicants for admission are not required to disclose disability status in the admission process. Information related to a disability that has been released to the Center for Access and Academic Testing is not used in the admission review process.

Dr. Jennifer T. Edwards
Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives
Barry B. Thompson Student Center, Room 15
Box T-0340
Stephenville, Texas 76402
254-968-9638
jtedwards@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/SUCCESSWEB/ssmi/index.html