Developmental Education

The Developmental Education Program at Texarkana College provides instruction, innovative courses, interventions, services, and resources to strengthen academic success, to improve student retention, and to enhance college completion for all students. Developmental education services include preparation for collegiate-level studies and training in the basic skill review of reading, writing, and mathematics for each program’s entry-level standards. Developmental Education provides students with instruction through Basic Academic Skills Education Non-Course Based Options (BASE NCBOs), Tutoring Services, and Early Alert Interventions. Students also have the ability to take co-requisite courses, which allows the student to take a developmental course while taking a credit-level course.

Developmental education courses are not counted as credit toward graduation or calculated in the cumulative GPA; however, they are used along with the credit courses for determining course load and satisfactory academic progress for financial aid.

Texarkana College requires that students demonstrating a need for remediation in reading, writing, or mathematics complete the appropriate sequence of Developmental Education courses in consecutive semesters; this excludes summer semesters. All students who are not TSI met must see an advisor before registering for classes. Non-compliance of TSI standards may result in a student not being able to register for 12 semester credit hours, which is full-time status. Students must speak with an academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office before dropping a developmental education course.

TSI Readiness

TC Developmental Education provides instruction to ensure students obtain a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete status. The program offers courses in a variety of formats to meet all students’ needs. Courses include: ENGL 0041, ENGL 0042, ENGL 0042/1301 Paired (Co-requisite), ENGL 0060/1301 (Co-requisite), MATH 0021, MATH 0022, MATH 0023, MATH 0040/1332 (Co-requisite), MATH 0045/1314 (Co-requisite), MATH 0042/1442 (Co-requisite), and MATH 0044/1324 (Co-requisite).

Basic Academic Skills Education Non-Course Based Options (BASE NCBOs)

TC Developmental Education offers BASE (NCBOs) to support students in developing skills, strategies, and reasoning needed to succeed in reading and writing. This intervention is designed specifically for students assessed at BASE levels 3-4 and must be part of a student’s co-enrollment in a developmental course. ENGL 0050 is a BASE NCBO.

Tutoring Services

TC offers free individual or group assistance to students who may have weak academic skills or to students who want to improve their grades. Both peer and professional tutors are available to students. Walk-in tutoring services are available six days a week in the Math Lab located on the second floor of the Academic Commons/Palmer Memorial Library.

Early Alert Interventions

In the Developmental Education program, TC operates a professor-referral system to identify students who are at-risk of academic non-completion and provides those students with resources to enable them to achieve completion of academic goals.