4. Academic Policies and Procedures
Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors based, on the number of semester credit hours accumulated and accepted by the University, whether or not the hours are applicable toward a degree. Semester hours used to determine classification include coursework completed in residence, transferred credit, and credit by examination, extension, and correspondence. A student is a freshman until thirty hours have been accepted, then a sophomore until sixty hours have been accepted, then a junior until ninety hours have been accepted, then a senior until graduation. Freshmen and sophomores are referred to as lower-division students; juniors and seniors, as upper-division students.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. There are two components of the program: (1) an assessment to diagnose students' basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing; and (2) developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement. TSI replaced the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) in fall 2003.
All students are required by law to take an assessment approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The University encourages students who are not exempt to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), offered by National Evaluation Systems. Alternative assessments are ASSET, COMPASS, and ACCUPLACER, and MAPS if the student took it before September 1, 2003. It is the responsibility of the student to see that scores are sent to the University by the testing institution.
A student is exempt from TSI requirements under any one of the following conditions:
Students may register for the THEA at the National Evalutation Systems Web site or pick up a registration booklet in the Texas Success Initiative Office, Flawn Academic Center 33. For further information, students may visit the TSI office's Web site or call (512) 471-8277.
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17 August 2004. Office of the Registrar
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