Texas Success Initiative Develonental Education Program
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Texas Success Initiative

Holden Hall


The Texas Success Initiative Developmental Education program is a developmental education program mandated by the state of Texas to provide additional support to students who have not demonstrated a specific level of competency in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. At Texas Tech University, we provide customized plans for student development in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics to ensure each student will be successful in their selected academic majors.

What is TSI?

TSI stands for the Texas Success Initiative. The state of Texas requires a demonstrated level of competency in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics for all students enrolled at public institutions of higher education. To demonstrate a level of knowledge in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, a student must either meet a TSI Exemption requirement or pass the TSI Assessment

TSI Exemptions

The following students shall be exempt from the requirements of this title, whereby exempt students shall not be required to provide any additional demonstration of college readiness and shall be allowed to enroll in any entry-level freshman course:

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 that cannot be raised by institutions:

a. ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment;

b. SAT: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment; 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 five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:

a. 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 TSI Assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections; or

b. STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.

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 service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

a. An institution may exempt a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.

b. Any student who has been determined to be exempt in mathematics, reading, and/or writing under subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall not be required to enroll in developmental coursework and/or interventions in the corresponding area of exemption.

TSI Advising

For New Texas Tech University Students – When you attend Red Raider Orientation, you will meet with a TSI Advisor if you do not pass the TSI Assessment and do not meet one of the exemption requirements. When you arrive to Red Raider Orientation, you will receive further information regarding your appointment with a TSI Advisor.

For Current Texas Tech University Students – Before Advanced Registration, you must schedule a time to meet with a TSI Advisor. Your appointment must be 30 minutes and can be scheduled at http://ttu.timetrade.com.

TSI Courses

  • TSI Mathematics

    • TSI 0202: Developmental Math II: Introductory Algebra (3). This is the first of a two-course sequence of developmental mathematics courses designed to help students improve their basic math and algebra skills while fulfilling TSI compliance requirements. This course is designed to teach students basic algebra skills to prepare them for TSI 0302. There are four major topics: one-variable linear equations, two-variable linear equations, systems of two-variable linear equations, and operations on polynomials. Students must earn an A, B, or C in the course to progress to TSI 0302. Not applicable to any degree program. Course will not count toward full time enrollment.
    • TSI 0302: Developmental Math III: Intermediate Algebra (3). This is the second of a two-course sequence of developmental mathematics courses designed to help students improve their basic math and algebra skills while fulfilling TSI compliance requirements. This course is designed to teach students the algebra skills necessary to be successful in college-level mathematics. There are four major topics: factoring polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, and quadratic equations. Students must earn an A, B, or C to pass the course and fulfill TSI math requirements. Students are assigned to this course on the basis of testing and evaluation and must successfully complete this course before registration in any college-level math. Not applicable toward general degree requirements in any degree program. Course will not count toward full time enrollment.
  • TSI Developmental Literacy (Integrated Reading and Writing)

    • TSI 0204: Developmental Literacy I. This is the first of a two course sequence in developmental literacy focused on reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the college reading and writing settings. This course develops reading identification skills (main ideas, details, facts, patterns, strategies and themes) as well as structural writing skills (grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure, purpose, and organization). Not applicable toward general degree requirements. Must receive an A, B, or C to fulfill TSI requirements. Course will not count toward full time enrollment.
    • TSI 0304: Developmental Literacy II. This is the second of a two course sequence of developmental literacy focused on reading, writing, speaking and listening in the college reading and writing settings. This course reinforces reading skills (critical reasoning, visualization, strategies and processes) as well as structural writing skills (summarization, writing conventions, style, audience, writing contexts, and research process). Not applicable toward general degree requirements. Must receive an A, B, or C to fulfill TSI requirements. Course will not count toward full time enrollment.
  • TSI Adult Basic Education Options

    • TSI 0502: Basic Mathematics. Prerequisite: By placement. Students move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Topics include operations with whole numbers, fractions, measurement conversions, and signed numbers.
    • TSI 0504: Basic Literacy. Prerequisite: By placement. Students move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Topics include vocabulary building, grammar, punctuation, and how to approach college reading.
  • TSI ESOL Options

    • TSI 0305: Developmental Literacy for Second Language Learners. By placement. This is one course in a sequence of developmental literacy classes focused on reading, writing, speaking and listening in the college reading and writing settings. With consideration of the student’s individual needs, this course develops reading identification skills (fluency, vocabulary, main ideas) and reinforces reading skills (reasoning, visualization, and processing). Additionally, the course develops writing skills (grammar, structure, purpose, and organization) and reinforces writing skills (conventions, style, context, audience, and research). Not applicable toward general degree requirements. Must receive an A, B, or C to fulfill TSI requirements. Course will not count toward full time enrollment.
  • Non-Course Based Competency Options

    • NCBO 0302: Non-Course-Based Mathematics. Prerequisite: By placement. Students move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Topics include solving systems of equations, applications involving systems of equations, solving radication and quadratic equations and functions.
    • NCBO 0304: Non-Course-Based Literacy. Prerequisite: By placement. Students move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Topics include reading comprehension, application of prior learning, and how to approach college writing.
  • Refresher Workshops

    • REF 0302: Mathematics Refresher Workshop. Students move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Topics include solving systems of equations, applications involving systems of equations, solving radication and quadratic equations and functions.
    • REF 0304: Literacy Refresher Workshop. Students move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Topics include paragraph basics, finding main ideas and supporting details, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, argumentations, and MLA formatting.

TSI Holds

All TSI Students have a hold on their registration until the student completes the TSI Program according to their academic advisement plan. TSI Students who need to make changes to their schedules during the academic semester or after their TSI Advising appointment, must contact the TSI Office to have the hold temporarily moved.

TSI Holds will not be removed until a student has earned a passing score on the TSI Assessment or earned a grade of DC in an exit-level TSI Course as stipulated by the student’s TSI Advisor.

TSI Course Fees

Each TSI Course carries a special instruction course fee. No tuition is affiliated with TSI Coursework.

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