STARTing Off Right: TSI Advising

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TSI Requirements, Math & Placement tests...OH MY!
http://www.unt.edu/academicreadiness/
February 17, 2011

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STARTing Off Right: TSI Advising

  1. 1. STARTing off Right: TSI Advising<br />UCAN Meeting<br />February 2011<br />
  2. 2. Q: What is the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?<br />A: TSI is a state law that applies to all undergraduate students at public colleges and universities in Texas. <br /> TSI requires students to demonstrate readiness in reading, math, and writing before enrolling in college-level coursework. <br /> This is called being “TSI Complete.”<br />
  3. 3. Q: How does TSI measure readiness in reading, writing, and math?<br />A: Many first-year students show readiness through their SAT, ACT, or TAKS scores. <br />Transfer students often show readiness through their previous college coursework. TSI considers students showing college readiness in this way to be exempt from further testing. <br />Our website has specific information about the exemption criteria.<br />
  4. 4. Q: What about students who didn’t take SAT / ACT / TAKS? What can they do to show TSI readiness?<br />A: Students who are not exempt based on SAT / ACT / TAKS scores, must take a state-approved test (Accuplacer, Asset, Compass, or THEA) before they can register for classes. <br />The START Office offers the Accuplacer test before each Orientation and on a weekly basis when classes are in session. <br />
  5. 5. A: Students can complete their TSI obligation for any of the three subject areas (reading, writing, or math) when the following sequence is completed:<br /> 1. The student re-takes the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, or THEA and passes. <br />(Students must wait at least 30 days between attempts.)<br />2. The student passes the prescribed developmental sequence. A grade of “D” is not considered a passing grade for developmental classes.<br />Q: What happens if a student doesn’t pass the Accuplacer?<br />
  6. 6. Q: What developmental courses does UNT offer?<br />Reading / Writing:<br />TECM 1200 – Technical Communication <br />This is a combination of college-prep reading and writing designed for students who are not TSI Complete in reading and / or writing.<br />Students must complete this course with a C or better before taking any college-level ENGL or TECM course.<br />Math:<br />NCTM 331 – Pre-Algebra (offered through NCTC)<br />NCTM 351 – Beginning Algebra (offered through NCTC)<br />MATH 1010 – Fundamentals of Algebra<br />
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  8. 8. TSI Holds in EIS<br />
  9. 9. START Office Contact Information<br /><ul><li>Telephone Number: 940-565-4403
  10. 10. Location: Stovall Hall, Room 117
  11. 11. Website: http://www.unt.edu/academicreadiness</li>

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