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Developmental Education

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).  The state of Texas assesses entering college students for college readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing unless they qualify for an exemption, exception, or waiver.  Students who do not meet the minimum passing standards of the exam must complete a college readiness/academic program designed to help them achieve college readiness.   

The TSIA identifies students as

  • College Ready—Eligible for college-level coursework
  • Developmental Education (Dev Ed or DE)—Eligible for Dev Ed Interventions  
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)—Eligible for ABE Interventions at Community and Technical Colleges

Mission Statement

The mission of developmental education under the department of Academic Advising at A&M-Texarkana is to facilitate the academically challenging, engaging, and rewarding growth and scholarly development of students whose assessment scores suggest they need our services to help students sharpen their skills, enable students to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA), and ensure students enroll and succeed in college level courses.

 Program Objectives

  • To facilitate various Developmental Education interventions
  • To assist students in satisfying the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
  • To comply with the state-required acceleration changes
  • To meet student learning outcomes in math, reading, and writing
  • To provide adequate academic support for students

Developmental Education Plan

All students are required to complete all TSI requirements within 27 attempted SCH at A&M-Texarkana. Exceptions include non-degree seeking students as approved by the University Registrar. This plan is decentralized and involves collaboration with the Deans and Faculty of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) and College of Business, Engineering and Technology (CBET), Admissions, University Registrar, Testing Center, Academic Advising, and representatives from the Office of Student Success. 

Students who transfer to A&M-Texarkana without successfully completing the DE sequence at their previous institutions must successfully complete A&M-Texarkana’s developmental education sequence within 27 attempted SCH at A&M-Texarkana.

If students have fewer than 27 SCH here at A&M-Texarkana, students can still take approved non-developmental education classes until students are college ready (TSIA complete). 

The A&M-Texarkana plan consists of eight components:

  1. Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA)
  2. Assessment of College Level Readiness Skills (reading, writing, and mathematic)
  3. Intrusive and Individual Developmental Advising
  4. DE Corequisite Model
  5. Guidelines for Concurrent Enrollment with Credit Courses and Developmental Courses
  6. Faculty Development
  7. Assessment of DE Plan

2022-2023 Developmental Education Policy

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