TVCC Developmental Education Plan 

2017-18 

This Developmental Education Plan explains the basic requirements of the Texas Success Initiative 
(TSI) program and provides an overview of the Developmental Studies Program at TVCC. 


Table of Contents 

 
Texas Success Initiative Program (TSI)* .................................................................................... 2 
TSI Exemptions .......................................................................................................................... 3 
TSI Partial Exemptions ............................................................................................................... 4 
TSI Waivers ................................................................................................................................ 6 
Developmental Policies & Procedures at TVCC ........................................................................ 7 
Testing Requirements and Information ...................................................................................... 7 
Placement and Completion Requirements ................................................................................ 7 
College Ready Standards........................................................................................................... 8 
Non-credit BASC course details ............................................................................................... 13 
Developmental Placement Process .......................................................................................... 14 
Developmental Exit Process ..................................................................................................... 14 
Exception to Developmental Placement ................................................................................... 15 
Special Student Classifications ................................................................................................ 15 
Non-Degree Seeking Students ................................................................................................. 15 
Transfer Students ..................................................................................................................... 15 
High School Students ............................................................................................................... 16 
Student Advisement ................................................................................................................. 16 
Attendance Policy ..................................................................................................................... 18 
Program Evaluation .................................................................................................................. 19 
Graduation Requirement .......................................................................................................... 19 
TVCC DEVL Course Descriptors/Notes ................................................................................... 20 

 The goal of the Developmental Studies Program at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) 
is to assist students with the development of basic skills which they will need to function 
effectively in college and in life. This Developmental Education Plan explains the basic 
requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program and provides an overview of the 
Developmental Studies Program at TVCC. 

 

Texas Success Initiative Program (TSI)* 

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was mandated by Texas law in 2003 and went into effect in 
September of 2003. The purpose of TSI is to ensure that all students enrolling in public higher 
education in Texas possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college-level 
coursework. TSI includes a testing component designed to identify and provide diagnostic 
information about the reading, writing and mathematics skills of each student. 

 

Students who do not receive the minimum required score on a THECB approved assessment 
are required to enroll in developmental courses or participate in other activities designed to 
assist the students in overcoming the academic deficiencies identified by that assessment. 

 

The THECB state approved assessment instrument is the TSI Assessment. 

 

Beginning with the first class day of 2013-14 academic year, TVCC shall use the TSI 
Assessment offered by the College Board as the only Board-approved assessment instrument 
under this title. Any previously-employed assessments (ACCUPLACER, Compass, THEA, Asset, 
Compass ESL, ACCUPLACER ESL) will no longer be used for entering students who initially 
enroll in any course on or after the institution's first class day in fall 2013 or for any students 
retesting for TSI purposes. 

 


TSI Exemptions 

A student may be exempted from the requirement to take a test approved for TSI purposes 
and not be required to enroll in developmental coursework and/or interventions in the 
corresponding area of exemption, as outlined in TAC Title 19, part 1, chapter 4, subchapter C 
(amended to be effective August 30, 2017, 42 TexReg 4300), if the student meets one of the 
following circumstances: 

 

For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs 
at or above the following: 

• ACT: Composite score of 23 with a minimum score of 19 on both English and math is 
required for full exemption. 
• *SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: Combined critical reading (formerly 
“verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on both critical 
reading and mathematics is required for full exemption. 
• *SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: A minimum score of 480 on the 
Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and mathematics score of 530 is 
required for full exemption. 


* Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and 
the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable 

For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs 
at or above the following: 

• Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) with a minimum score of 1770 on the 
writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the 
reading test. 


For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs 
at or above the following: 

• Eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS): A math 
score of 2200 or higher and a score of 2200 or higher on ELA with a writing sub score 
of 3. 
• STAAR end-of-course (EOC): 
o Alg. II – Level 2 (4000) for the mathematics section 
o Eng III – Level 2 (4000) for the reading and writing sections 

• A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an 
institution of higher education. 
• 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 who has 



satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving 
institution. 
• A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to 
have met readiness standards by that institution. For students meeting non-Algebra 
intensive readiness standards in mathematics as defined in §4.59 (d)(1)(B) of this title 
(relating to Determination of Readiness to Perform Entry-Level Freshman 
Coursework), institutions may choose to require additional preparatory 
coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 
1314/1324/1414 (or their local equivalent). It is the institution’s responsibility to 
ensure that students are clearly informed of the consequences of successful 
completion of a mathematics pathways model which results in meeting the 
mathematics college readiness standard only for specific courses. 
• A student who is enrolled in a level-one certificate program with 42 or fewer semester 
credit hours or the equivalent at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or 
a public state college. If a student enters an Associate Degree program, the student 
must test on TSI test. 
• 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. 
• 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 student who successfully completes a college preparatory course under Texas 
Education Code §28.014 is exempt for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the 
date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The 
student must enroll in the student’s first college-level course in the exempted 
content area in the student’s first year of enrollment in an institution of higher 
education. Details of this agreement must be documented with a MOU between the 
high school and TVCC. 


 

TSI Partial Exemptions 

Students who meet one of the following testing criteria can be partially exempt from the TSI 
requirements (Scores may be no more than five years old): 

• ACT Reading & Writing: Composite score of 23 or higher with a score of 19 or higher 
on the English subtest. Student must take the math section of the TSI. 



• ACT Math: Composite score of 23 or higher with a score of 19 or higher on the math 
subtest. Student must take the reading and writing sections of the TSI. 
• *SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: Combined critical reading (formerly 
“verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on critical 
reading exempts students in the Reading and Writing Sections. Students must take 
the math section of the TSI. 
• *SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: A minimum score of 480 on the 
Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) is required for exemption in the 
reading and writing section of the TSI. Students must take the math section of the TSI. 
• *SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: Combined critical reading (formerly 
“verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on 
mathematics exempts students in the mathematics section. Students must take the 
reading and writing section of the TSI. 
• *SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: A minimum score of 530 exempts 
students in the mathematics section. Students must take the reading and writing 
section of the TSI. 


* Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and 
the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable 

Note: The composite score and the subtest scores must be earned on the same test 
administration. 

ACT and SAT partial exemptions are only valid for tests dated April 2004 or later. 

Exit Level Exemptions 

• *Exit Level TAKS Reading & Writing: An ELA score of 2200 or higher with a writing sub 
score of 3 or higher. Student must take the math section of a test approved for TSI 
purposes. 
• *Exit Level TAKS Math: A math score of 2200 or higher. Student must take the reading 
and writing sections of a test approved for TSI purposes. 


*Exemptions earned with 11th grade Exit TAKS are permanent. 

• STAAR End-of Course (EOC) Reading and Writing: Minimum of Level 2 on the English 
III EOC. Student must take the math section of a test approved for TSI purposes. 
• STAAR End-of Course (EOC) Math: Minimum of Level 2 on Algebra II EOC for 
mathematics. Student must take the reading and writing sections of a test approved 
for TSI purposes. 


 


TSI Waivers 

A high school student is eligible to enroll in academic and/or workforce dual credit courses if 
they are TSI complete OR TSI exempt OR if they meet one of the waivers listed. The waivers 
do NOT EXEMPT a student from TSI. Students attain TSI completion status only after passing 
the TSI OR securing an acceptable TSI exemption as outlined in TAC Title 19, part 1, chapter 
4, subchapter C OR by completing a college level course with a grade of “C” or higher in the 
respective courses which are outlined in the “Exception to Developmental Placement” 
section of this document. 

 

A high school student is also eligible to enroll in dual credit courses that require 
demonstration of TSI college readiness in reading, writing, and/or mathematics under the 
following conditions: 

 

Reading and Writing 

• Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), on 
the English II State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness End of Course (STAAR 
EOC); or 
• combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the reading 
test; or 
• composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English or an English score 
of 435 on the ACT-Aspire. 


Mathematics 

• Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra I STAAR EOC and 
passing grade in the Algebra II course; or 
• Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra II STAAR EOC; or 
• combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the 
mathematics test; or 
• composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics or a 
mathematics score of 431 on the ACT-Aspire. 


 

 


Developmental Policies & Procedures at TVCC 

The Developmental Studies Program at Trinity Valley Community College complies with the 
requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). This section of the 
TVCC Developmental Education Plan explains the basic policies and procedures of the 
Developmental Studies Program at TVCC as they are intended to support THECB outlined in 
TAC Title 19, part 1, chapter 4, subchapter C Rules §4.55, §4.56, §4.57, §4.58, and §4.59. 

 

Testing Requirements and Information 

Rule §4.55 states that, “An institution shall assess . . . the academic skills of each entering 
non-exempt undergraduate student prior to enrollment of the student. Prior to the 
administration of an approved instrument, an institution shall provide to the student a pre-
assessment activity(ies) that addresses at a minimum the following components in an 
effective and efficient manner, such as through workshops, orientations, and/or online 
modules:” 

• Importance of assessment in students’ academic career; 
• Assessment process and components, including practice with feedback of sample 
test questions in all disciplinary areas; 
• Developmental education options including course-pairing, non-course-based, 
modular, and other non-conventional interventions; 
• Institutional and/or community student resources (e.g. tutoring, transportation, 
childcare, financial aid). 


 

TVCC complies with this request by requiring testing of all entering students who do not meet 
the TSI exemption criteria. Prior to accessing the TSI test, all TVCC students are required to 
complete a pre-assessment activity (PAA). The TVCC testing center requires identifying 
documentation to substantiate the students’ successful completion of a PAA before admitting 
a student to take the TSI. 

 

Students who are TSI exempt or who have been tested with an approved assessment 
instrument must provide TVCC with official transcripts or score reports prior to registering 
for classes. It is recommended that testing be completed at least two weeks prior to 
registration. 

 

The TVCC Testing Center administers the TSI test. Students should contact a TVCC campus for 
a list of the various testing dates. 

 

Placement and Completion Requirements 

Students who entered a Texas College using THEA, TASP, Compass, ACCUPLACER to satisfy 
college readiness standards and were designated as “TSI Complete” are still TSI complete. 


Any student who took any of the prior tests and did not enroll in college must retest for 
college readiness using the TSI. 

 

College Ready Standards 

Rule §4.57 outlines the college ready standards as follows: 

Effective the institution’s first class day of fall 2017, the following minimum passing 
standards (also known as “cut scores”) for reading, mathematics, and writing on the TSI 
Assessment shall be used by an institution to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in 
entry-level freshman coursework: 

• Reading 351; 
• Mathematics 350; and; 
• Writing: 
o A placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of at least 4; or 
o A placement score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4 
and an essay score of at least 5. 

An institution shall not require higher or lower college readiness standards on any or all 
portions of the TSI Assessment to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in entry-level 
freshman coursework. 

TSI Assessment results are valid for five (5) years from date of testing. 

The following charts outline the developmental courses a student must take based on TSI 
scores in reading, writing, and math on each of the approved assessment instruments. 


 

 

Writing 

 <340 and 

Essay 0 or 1 

 

Writing 

<340 and 

Essay 2 or 3 

 

Writing 

(=340 and Essay < 4) OR 
(<340 and 

Essay =4) OR 

(ABE <4 + Essay of 5) 

(Writing 

=340 and 

Essay 4) OR 

(ABE of 4 + Essay of 5) -> 

Writing Complete 

Reading 

310 - 341 and 

ABE 1 or 2 

*Non-credit BASC 0011 

(BASIC IRW) 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

and 

BASE 0001 (NCBO) 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

Reading 

310 - 341 and 

ABE 3 or 4 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

and 

BASE 0001 (NCBO) 

 INRW 1 0310/0110 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

Reading 

310–341 and 

ABE 5 or 6 

or 342 - 345 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

Reading 

346 - 348 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

DEVL 2020/ENGL 1301 

 

DEVL 2020/ENGL 1301 

 

Reading of 349-350 

INRW 1 0310/0110 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

DEVL 2020/ENGL 1301 

 

DEVL 2020/ENGL 1301 

 

Reading 

=351 

Reading Complete 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

INRW 2 0320/0120 

DEVL 2020/ENGL 1301 

 

TSI Complete 

 

Course explanations: 

• BASC 0011: Non-credit – structured tutoring* 
• INRW 1 0310/0110: Integrated Reading & Writing I lecture/lab 
• BASE 0001: Integrated Reading & Writing NCBO 
• INRW 2 0320/0120: Integrated Reading & Writing II lecture/lab 


DEVL2020/ENGL1301: NCBO IRW paired with English 1301


Students who are enrolled in BASC 0011 non-credit courses may not enroll in any of the following credit courses: 

 

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 

ARTS 1303 Art History I 

ARTS 1304 Art History II 

DRAM 1310 Theatre Appreciation 

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics 

ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics 

HUMA 1301 Intro Humanities 

MUSI 1307 Music Literature 

PHIL 1304 World Religion 

PHIL 1316 History of Religions I 

PHIL 1317 History of Religions II 

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 

SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Problems 

SPCH 1311 Fundamentals of Speech 

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speech 

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 

SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 

BIOL 1322 Nutrition & Diet Therapy 

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 

BIOL 1406 General Biology I 

BIOL 1407 General Biology II 

BIOL 1408 Biology I (non-science majors) 

BIOL 1409 Biology II (non-science majors) 

BIOL 1411 General Botany 

BIOL 1413 General Zoology 

BIOL 2404 Intro to Anatomy and Physiology 

BIOL 2420 Microbiology (non-science maj) 

BIOL 2421 Microbiology 

EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 

EMSP 1356 Pt Assessment/Airway Mgmt 

EMSP 1338 Intro to Advanced Practice 

EMSP 2444 Cardiology 

EMSP 2243 Assessment Based Management 

EMSP 2434 Medical Emergencies 

GOVT 2305 U.S. Government/Constitution 

GOVT 2306 Texas Government/Constitution 

HECO 1322 Nutrition & Diet Therapy 

HIST 1301 United States History to 1877 

HIST 1302 United States History from 1877 

HIST 2301 History of Texas 

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 

PHIL 2303 Introduction to Logic 

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 

PHIL 2307 Intro to Social/Political Phil 

PHIL 2316 History of Philosophy 

PHIL 2321 Philosophy of Religion 

PHYS 1415 Physical Science I 

PHYS 1417 Physical Science II 

PSYC 2301 General Psychology 

PSYC 2306 Human Sexuality 

PSYC 2314 Human Growth & Development 

SOCI 2301 Marriage & Family 

SPCH 2316 Interviewing 

SPCH 2335 Debate 

SPCH 2341 Oral Interpretation of Literature 

ENGL 1301 English Composition & Rhetoric 

ENGL 1302 English Composition & Lit 

ENGL 2307 Creative Writing 

ENGL 2311 Technical Writing 

ENGL 2322 Survey of British Literature I 

ENGL 2323 Survey of British Literature II 

ENGL 2326 Survey of American Literature I 

ENGL 2327 Survey of American Literature II 

ENGL 2332 Survey of World Literature I 

ENGL 2333 Survey of World Literature II

 


 

Course 

Course Name 

Score 

BASC 0022* 

 

Non-credit BASIC Math 

 

310-335 and ABE 1 or 2 

 

DEVL 0309/0107 or 

DEVL 0316/0112 

and BASE 0002 

 

 

BEG Algebra or 

Foundations of Mathematical 
Reasoning FMR 

 

 

310-335 and ABE 3 or 4 

 

 

 

 

DEVL 0309/0107 or 

DEVL 0316/0112 

BEG Algebra or 

 FMR 

336 – 342 

 

DEVL 0309/0107 or 

DEVL 0316/0112 

BEG Algebra or 

FMR 

310-335 and ABE 5 or 6 

 

DEVL 0310 or 

DEVL 0316/0112 

 

INT Algebra or FMR 

 

 

343-349 

 

 

¦/MATH 1342 or /MATH 1332 

 

FMR 

 

Students who complete 
0316/0112 

DEVL 2020/MATH 1314 

 

NCBO/College Algebra 

 

349+ 

 

DEVL 2010/MATH 1342 

 

NCBO/Statistics 

 

349+ 

 

DEVL 2030/MATH 1332 

NCBO Quantitative Reasoning 

349+ 

DEVL 3000 

 

NCBO College Algebra 

 

IP in DEVL 0310 and 
instructor approval 

DEVL 3010 

 

NCBO Statistics 

 

IP in DEVL 0310 and 
instructor approval 

TSI Complete 

 

 

350 + 

 

 

 

¦Students who complete DEVL 0316 sequence will be designated as TSI complete, non-Algebraic 
intensive and will be blocked from enrolling in algebra based courses in the future without 
completing Intermediate Algebra DEVL 0310 

 

 


*Students who are enrolled in BASC 0022 non-credit courses may not enroll in any of the following 
credit courses: 

 

CHEM 1405 Intro Chemistry I 

CHEM 1406 Intro Chemistry I (Allied emphasis) 

CHEM 1407 Intro Chemistry II (Allied emphasis) 

CHEM l408 Intro Chemistry II (Allied emphasis) 

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 

CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 

CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I 

CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II 

MATH 1332 College Mathematics I 

PHYS 1401 College Physics I 

MATH 1414 College Algebra 

MATH 1324 Math for Business & Economics I 

MATH 1425 Math for Business & Economics II 

MATH 1442 Statistics 

MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Mathematics I 

MATH 1351 Fundamentals of Mathematics II 

MATH 2420 Differential Equations 

MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus 

MATH 2413 Calculus I 

MATH 2414 Calculus II 

MATH 2415 Calculus III 

MATH 2418 Linear Algebra 

PHYS 1401 College Physics I 

PHYS 1402 College Physics II 

PHYS 2425 University Physics I 

PHYS 2426 University Physics II 

 


Non-credit BASC course details 

 

Students whose TSI scores require BASC, non-credit enrollment MUST enroll in the BASC 
course to take any other TVCC college courses. 

 

Additionally, enrollment in BASC, non-credit courses: 

• Will NOT award students credit nor be marked on their transcript 
• Will NOT count towards semester hours for scholarships or financial aid 
• MUST be continuous each semester until all BASC required courses are completed 
successfully with a “Pass” AND TSI scores exceed those listed on the BASC chart above (R: 
342+; W: 340+ with essay 2+; M: 336+) 
• Format is like structured Tutoring 


 

 

 


Developmental Placement Process 

 

Students are placed in developmental courses and/or co-requisite courses based on initial 
test scores. Students must then complete the specified developmental course sequence or 
present passing test scores. 

 

Students must enroll in at least one developmental or co-requisite course each enrollment 
period until TSI requirements are met except for enrollment periods of twelve weeks or less. 
Successful completion of each developmental course with a grade of A, B, or C allows the 
student to move to the next course. A grade of IP (In Progress) requires the student to re-
enroll for the same class the following semester. 

 

Students who are required to take any developmental coursework are required to take EDUC 
1300/PSYC 1300 Learning Framework. 

 

Generally, students who present passing test scores in any skills area during the semester 
may exit the corresponding course with the grade earned to that point in the semester, may 
continue the course to completion, or may choose to exit the course with a grade of C. 

 

Developmental Exit Process 

 

Students who have completed the highest level of developmental studies and earned a grade 
of A, B, or C and will be classified as Texas success initiative complete. However, students 
who, based upon their degree/pathway, elect to complete the Math Pathways track 
(omitting Intermediate Algebra DEVL 0310), are designated as TSI complete, non-Algebraic 
intensive. They will be TSI complete in all math courses that are non-algebra based. If they 
elect to take an algebra based course in the future, completion of Intermediate Algebra, 
DEVL 0310, will be required prior to enrollment. 

 

 


Exception to Developmental Placement 

 

Students who have attended a Texas public institution of higher education and are not TSI 
complete or exempt from success initiative requirements must test on an approved 
assessment instrument. If the student fails any portion of the test, remediation will be 
required in each area of deficiency. However, the student may be exempt from remediation 
if a grade of C or better has been earned in one of the courses listed below for each area of 
deficiency: 

 

Writing: ENGL 1301, 1302 

Math: MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1342, 1350, 1351 

 2413, 2414, 2415 

Reading: ENGL 1301, 1302, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2332, 2333 

 PSYC 2301, 2314 

 GOVT 2301, 2302, 2305, 2306 

 HIST 1301, 1302, HIST 2301 

 

Special Student Classifications 

 

Three student classifications at TVCC which have special or unique TSI requirements are non-
degree seeking students, transfer students, and high school students. 

 

Non-Degree Seeking Students are classified as students who desire to enroll in courses for 
personal or professional enrichment but who are not seeking a degree or Level Two 
certificate. Students in this classification are limited to enrollment in non-blocked courses as 
well as a limit of six hours per semester. 

 

Until the fall 2018 semester, twenty-four semester hours are the maximum number of hours 
a student can earn in developmental coursework. Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, 
eighteen semester hours are the maximum number of hours a student can earn in 
developmental coursework. 

 

Transfer Students are classified as students who transfer from other institutions of higher 
education. These students are grouped into two categories as outlined below: 

 

1. Students who transfer from another state supported institution of higher education in 
Texas and who have: 



a. Met the testing standards or who have been designated as TSI complete by the 
sending institution will be classified as having met the TSI requirements and TSI 
complete. 
b. NOT met the testing requirements or been designated as TSI complete but 
have successfully completed developmental coursework may be eligible for 
placement in the highest level of developmental education in that subject area 
upon successful completion of the final exam of the lower level of 
developmental coursework within the first week of the semester. 

 

2. Students transferring from a private or independent institution of higher education or 
an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education with a grade of C or better in 
selected college level courses will be exempt from TSI requirements. Successful 
completion of a course in each content area (reading, writing, and math) is required. 
Acceptable courses in each content area are outlined below: 


 

 Writing: ENGL 1301, 1302 

 Math: MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1342, 1350, 1351 

 2413, 2414, 2415 

 Reading: ENGL 1301, 1302, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2332, 2333 

 PSYC 2301, 2314 

 GOVT 2301, 2302, 2305, 2306 

 HIST 1301, 1302, 2301 

 

High School Students who desire to enroll at TVCC in college transfer courses, applied science 
programs, and certificates of completion must be tested prior to enrolling unless they have 
met appropriate exemption or waiver criteria outlined on pages 1-3 of this plan. High school 
students who fail to achieve the minimum passing standards on an approved TSI test may not 
take college courses related to portions of the test not passed. 

 

Student Advisement 

 

Students are advised each semester prior to enrolling at TVCC. Each student receives a 
degree plan which outlines the requirements and sequence of courses for the completion of 
their chosen pathway. TVCC advisors are clearly informed of the developmental studies 
policies and procedures, and students are encouraged to visit with an advisor when they have 
questions about their placement in and progress through their developmental courses. Any 
student enrolled in a developmental course will not be allowed to drop the course unless 
they withdraw from school. Students agreed to this when they registered by agreeing to 
the developmental policy. 


 

Depending upon the student’s major or degree plan, students who are not college ready in 
math based upon their TSI scores will be placed in one of two math pathways. 

 

TVCC Degree/Pathway 

Developmental Math Pathway 

Accounting 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Art 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Automotive Body/Tech 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Athletic Training 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Business & Office Administration 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Child Development 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Communication 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Computer Science/Networking 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Criminal Justice 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Dance 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Drafting & Design Technology 

DEVL 0310, MATH 1314 

Early Childhood 

 

Electrical Technology 

 

Emergency Medical Technology 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

English 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Fire Science Technology 

 

Government/History 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Horticulture 

 

Information Systems Support & Administration 

 

Legal Assistant Technology 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Management 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Mechanical Engineering Technology 

 

Medical Administrative Assistant 

 

Music 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Nursing 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Paramedic to ADN Transition 

 

Philosophy 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Photography 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Psychology 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Ranch Management 

 

Small Business 

 

Sociology 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Speech 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Surgical Technology 

 

Theatre/Drama 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

Welding 

DEVL 0316/0112, MATH 1342 

 


Attendance Policy 

 

Attendance requirements in developmental courses at TVCC have been established to 
encourage students to take advantage of the instructional opportunities provided. Upon 
accumulating 9 hours of absences in a 3 hour course, 6 hours of absences in a 2 hour course, 
or 3 hours of absences in a 1 hour course, the student will automatically earn a grade of F for 
the course, and will not be allowed to attend any further class meetings. Students who 
encounter a “severe” life circumstance must speak with their instructor and provide 
documentation that confirms the reasons for the absences accrued. The instructor has the 
option to review the documentation and present it for approval to their immediate supervisor 
and division chair for college readiness. 

 

A. During registration, students enrolled in any developmental course or activity will 
electronically acknowledge an affidavit certifying their understanding that they cannot 
withdraw from a developmental course without withdrawing from school. 
B. Students who accumulate three weeks of absences in either developmental lecture or lab 
classes during the fall or spring semester and one week of absences during a summer 
session will automatically earn a grade of F for the course, and will not be allowed to 
attend any further class meetings. 
C. After the student has missed one week of classes during the fall or spring semester, two 
day classes during a summer session, or one night class during a summer session, 
instructors are encouraged to submit a warning letter will be sent via Cardinal Connect, 
delivered to the students TVCC email. 
D. Any student enrolled in a developmental course will not be allowed to drop the course 
unless they withdraw from school. Students agreed to this when they registered by 
agreeing to the developmental policy. 
E. Students who are enrolled a co-requisite non-course based (NCBO) developmental course 
and credit level course are NOT allowed to drop the credit level course. NCBO faculty – 
please do NOT advise students to drop their college level course. 
F. Instructors will have the option of allowing students to make up missed classes IF: 


-the student has proof of extenuating circumstances 

-the student is currently passing the course 

-the instructor collects documentation, and receives approval of their immediate 
supervisor and college readiness division chair. 

 


Program Evaluation 

 

The Developmental Studies Program at TVCC is evaluated regularly through both internal and 
external processes. Components of this process include student evaluation of faculty, 
supervisor evaluation of faculty, program evaluation in the three skill areas, student tracking, 
and reports from the THECB. 

 

Graduation Requirement 

 

A student must be Texas Success Initiative Complete to be awarded an Associate Degree or a 
Level Two Certificate at Trinity Valley Community College. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TVCC DEVL Course Descriptors/Notes 

Course 
Number 

Old Course Name 

New Course Name 

Notes 

BASC 0011 

N/A (new course) 

Non-credit, basic 
IRW 

New course; non-credit, no charge, 
no contact hours 

BASC 0022 

N/A (new course) 

Non-credit, basic 
Math 

New course; non-credit, no charge, 
no contact hours 

BASE 0001 

N/A (new course) 

BASE NCBO IRW 

Co-enrollment INRW0310/0110, new 
course, no charge, no hours, has 
contact hours 

 

BASE 0002 

N/A (new course) 

BASE NCBO Math 

Co-enrollment DEVL0309/0107 OR 
DEVL 0316/0112, new course, no 
charge, no hours, has contact hours 

INRW 0110 

N/A (new course) 

Integrated 
Reading/Writing I 
Lab 

Co-enrollment INRW0310 

INRW 0120 

DEVL 0111 

Integrated 
Reading/Writing II 
Lab 

Co-enrollment INRW0320 

INRW 0310 

N/A (new course) 

Integrated 
Reading/Writing I 

Co-enrollment INRW0110 

INRW 0320 

DEVL 0320 

Integrated 
Reading/Writing II 

Co-enrollment INRW0120 

 

 

 

 

DEVL 0107 

DEVL Math II lab 

Beginning Algebra 
Lab 

Co-enrollment DEVL0309/ unless 
TDCJ 

DEVL 0110 

DEVL Math Lab I 
Study Skills 

 N/A 

Deleting 

DEVL 0112 

N/A (new course) 

Fundamentals of 
Mathematical 
Reasoning Lab 

Co-requisite DEVL0316/EDUC1300 

DEVL 0132 

N/A (new course) 

Quantitative 
Reasoning Lab 

Co-requisite MATH1332 

DEVL 0300 

DEVL Writing I TDCJ 

N/A (merging to 
INRW) 

Deleting 

DEVL 0304 

DEVL Math I 

N/A 

Deleting 

DEVL 0305 

Personal DEV 

Personal 
Development 

Deleted; old course 

DELV 0306 

DEVL Reading 1 TDCJ 

N/A (merging to 
INRW) 

Deleting 

DEVL 0309 

DEVL Math II 

Beginning Algebra 

Co-enrollment DEVL0107 

DEVL 0310 

Intermediate 
Algebra 

Intermediate Algebra 

 

DEVL 0314 

Intensive 
Developmental 
Math 

N/A (old course) 

Deleted; old course 

DEVL 0315 

DEVL Writing I 

N/A (merging to 
INRW) 

Delete 


DEVL 0316 

DEVL Math II 

Fundamentals of 
Mathematical 
Reasoning 

Co-enrollment DEVL0112/EDUC1300 

DEVL 0317 

DEVL Reading I 

N/A (merging to 
INRW) 

Delete 

DEVL 2000 

NCBO College 
Algebra 

NCBO College 
Algebra Paired 

Co-enrollment MATH1314 

DEVL 2010 

NCBO Statistics 

NCBO Statistics 
Paired 

Co-enrollment MATH1342 

DEVL 2020 

NCBO English 

NCBO English Paired 

Co-enrollment ENGL1301 

DEVL 2030 

NCBO Quantitative 
Reasoning 

NCBO Quantitative 
Reasoning 

Co-enrollment MATH 1332 

DEVL 3000 

N/A (new course) 

NCBO College 
Algebra 

I/P from MATH0310; intensive course 
(this is the course to complete those 
from intermediate in the two weeks 
after classes end) 

DEVL 3010 

N/A (new course) 

NCBO Statistics 

I/P from MATH0310; intensive course 
(this is the course to complete those 
from intermediate in the two weeks 
after classes end)