Texas Success Initiative
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to ensure that all students enrolled in public colleges and universities possess the academic skills needed to be successful in college-level course work. Unless exempt, all entering undergraduate students are required to be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and math prior to enrolling in college-level courses. Students who do not meet the minimum standard in one or more areas will be advised regarding TSI compliance and enrolled in the appropriate developmental program.
A student may be exempt from meeting Texas Success Initiative standards by meeting one of the following standards.
Pre-University Program Students (PUP)
Transient and Non-Degree Seeking Students
If a student has not been exempted from testing with one of the approved exemptions, they will be required to test to satisfy TSI requirements with minimum scores. If a student does not meet the minimum cut- scores, through holistic advising, the student will be placed into the appropriate developmental intervention or course to assist them. Students may retest to pass the TSI Assessment at any time.
The TSI Assessment is the only approved test, effective with Fall 2013. If a student only needs to test in one area, the TSI Assessment allows for the student to only pay for that section. The entire test is untimed but generally takes about 2-3 hours.
Students planning to test at WTAMU can contact WTAMU Educational Services for cost and registration.
Any student testing must first complete the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). The PAA can be located online at www.wtamu.edu/tsipaa. Upon completion, a certificate of completion will be emailed to the student. Educational Services will require proof of this document before a student is allowed to take the TSI Assessment. Once the PAA has been completed, with documentation of completion, the student will not have to repeat the PAA to retest.
Students are encouraged to review test material prior to testing. Scores will determine whether the student is required to complete developmental coursework or is eligible to begin credit-bearing courses.
Students with special needs must contact Educational Services and arrange to pre-register for a testing time and date. Accommodations will not be available for walk-ins.
Students not meeting TSI college readiness standards will be advised in Advising Services to evaluate whether developmental course work or other interventions would be most appropriate. Standard developmental course placement based on the TSI Assessment scores is reflected in the following table.
Developmental Education Pre-college, non-degree credit courses, interventions, tutorials, laboratories, and other means of assistance that are included in a plan to ensure the success of a student in performing entry-level academic coursework. Various intervention options may vary in any given semester, interventions will be posted for upcoming semesters as soon as the schedule becomes available.
The following options have been defined by the Texas Higher Education Board. A combination of options will be made every semester. Schedules for upcoming semesters will be made available prior to registration opening. Placement will be determined by holistic advising to determine what meets the individual student’s needs when the student meets with an academic adviser.
Developmental course- non-degree-credit coursework and/or activity designed to address a student's strengths and needs in the areas of reading, writing, integrated reading and writing (IRW), mathematics, and student success.
Non-Course Based Option (NCBO) Interventions that use learning approaches designed to address a student's identified weaknesses and effectively and efficiently prepare the student for college-level work. These interventions must be overseen by an instructor of record, must not fit traditional course frameworks, and cannot include advising or learning support activities already connected to a traditional course; interventions may include, but are not limited to, tutoring, supplemental instruction, or labs.
Individual Learning Plan A personalized plan, developed by the student and advisor, used to chart progress toward academic goals and to ensure the student is on the quickest path to graduation while determining the resources and tools they need to be prepared for a successful pathway in life after graduation.
Course Pairings– Non-course based review paired with a credit-bearing course. Students will be provided with a review in the area of concern and supplemental support in a college-level course which has been selected to assist the student further develop the appropriate skills.
For more information about the Texas Success Initiative, contact one of the following: