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Non-Course Based Options (NCBO)

NCBO, also called Non-Course Based Options, is a statewide effort to decrease the number of first-year college students required to enroll in developmental mathematics, reading and writing. Students enrolled in NCBO will have opportunity continuing into college-level mathematics/reading/writing coursework without spending a whole semester in developmental mathematics/reading/writing courses as well as hundreds of dollars in tuition.

Unless exempt, all entering undergraduate students are required to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment in the areas of reading, writing and math prior to enrolling in college-level courses. Students who do not meet the minimum standard but score close enough to a passing mark in math/reading/writing placement are given the opportunity to participate in a three-week algebra/reading/writing review for developmental mathematics/reading/writing.

NCBO option is offered every fall semester. After satisfactorily completing all requirements for the Review and the credit-bearing course, students will be deemed TSI complete in Mathematics, Reading and/or Writing and will not need a full course in Developmental coursework. No grade will be given for the Review. Students can save time and money on developmental courses by enrolling in NCBO.

NCBO Review Details

Math

All Math NCBO’s: Enroll through fall schedule. A $50 fee will be charged to the student’s fall bill.
Math 0020-10: Beginning Algebra Review
Dates: 7/20/15 – 8/10/15
An online (WT Class) non-course based review of Beginning Algebra. Students with a TSI Mathematics score of 331 or above may enroll. This individualized diagnostic based review will prepare students to retake the TSI Mathematics Assessment if necessary and prepare students to be successful in Intermediate Algebra. Upon completion, students with a TSI Mathematics score of 331 - 335 will need to retake the TSI and score 336 – 349 to place in Intermediate Algebra for the fall.

Math 0030-10: Intermediate Algebra Review
Dates: 7/20/15 – 8/10/15
An online (WT Class) non-course based review of Intermediate Algebra. Students with TSI Mathematics score of 347 to 349 may enroll. This individualized diagnostic based review will prepare students to retake the TSI Mathematics Assessment and to be successful in a core mathematics class. Upon completion, students will need to retake the math part of the TSI and score 350+ to place in a core mathematics course for the fall.

Math 0030-20: Intermediate Algebra Review
Dates: 8/24/15 – 9/11/15
A face-to-face non-course based review of Intermediate Algebra. Students with a TSI Mathematics score of 347 through 349 may enroll. This review will prepare students to be successful in College Algebra. Students will take a total of 3 written exams (one on each Friday) during this review. Upon completion, students who successfully complete Math 0030-20 will continue on in Math 1314-20. Students who do not successfully complete Math 0030-20 will be enrolled in Math 0303-20 for a more thorough review of the material.

Math 0030-30: Intermediate Algebra Review
Dates: 7/27/15 – 8/21/15
An online (WT Class) non-course based review of Intermediate Algebra. Students that are TSI complete in Mathematics and therefore eligible to take core math classes may enroll. This individualized diagnostic based review will prepare students to be successful in a core mathematics class.

Reading and Writing

All READING and WRITING NCBO’s: Enroll through fall schedule. A $50 fee will be charged to the student’s fall bill.

Review Name

Enrollment Criteria:
Required TSI Assessment Scores

Required Co-Enrollments

Review

Credit-Bearing Course

Reading Review

TSI Reading Score of 335-350

ENGL 0010.01
(Instructor: Dr. Monica Hart)

PHIL 1301.01
(Instructor: Dr. David Hart)

Writing Review

TSI Writing Score of Essay 4 AND 345-362 on Multiple Choice

ENGL 0020.01
(Instructor: Dr. Monica Hart)

ENGL 1301.10
(Instructor: Dr. Nicole Walls)


Student also needs to meet the following requirement for .
1.    Concurrent enrollment in Review and Credit-Bearing Course. Student must enroll in BOTH the Review and the appropriate credit-bearing course. The Review and the credit-bearing course are “linked,” meaning that if you are enrolled in one, you are enrolled in both.
2.    Successful completion of Review and Credit-Bearing Course.  Student must complete all assignments for the Review AND for the credit-bearing course. Successful completion of Review requirements is necessary for passing the credit-bearing course and for satisfying TSI-requirements.
3.    Maintain enrollment. Student must remain enrolled in the Review and the credit-bearing course for the entire semester. Withdrawal from one will result in withdrawal from the other.

Contact

If you are interested in NCBO, please contact

MATH:
Dr. Nick Flynn, Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, Chemistry & Physics
806-651-2542, nflynn@wtamu.edu
Lina Hajje, Instructor of mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Chemistry & Physics
806-651-2541, lhajje@wtamu.edu
Kim Seward, Instructor, Department of Mathematics, Chemistry & Physics
806-651-2453, kseward@wtamu.edu

READING and WRITING:
Dr. Monica Hart, Associate Professor of English
806-651-2477, mhart@wtamu.edu