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Texas Success Initiative

Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA)

What is the Texas Success Initiative?

The Texas Success Initiative is a state - legislated program that requires students to be assessed in reading, writing, and math skills prior to enrolling in a Texas public institution and to be advised based on that assessment. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved the TSI Assessment offered by the  College Board as the only acceptable assessment instrument for entering students. The assessment or the results of the assessment are not a condition of admission, but a condition of registration at TAMUCC.


What does this mean for TAMUCC Students?

All incoming TAMUCC students are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless exempt (see exemptions & waivers) - to determine readiness for entry into college-level courses. Based on the results of TSI Assessment, students are either eligible to enroll in college-level course(s) or required to enroll in any appropriate developmental education course(s) at TAMUCC.

Developmental education course(s) often cost the same as college level courses and do not count towards a degree or transfer to another institution.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students prepare or "brush up" on their reading, writing, and math skills before taking the TSI Assessment. 


What steps should students take next?


First Year Students

High School or recently graduated students with less than 20 credited semester hours from an accredited college or university.


First Year Student TSI Completion Guide:

Step 1: Identify if you are required to take the TSI Assessment

  • Do you have a TSI exemption or waiver?
    • Yes - You are exempt from taking the TSI Assessment
    • No - TSI Assessment is required

Step 2: Prepare to take the TSI Assessment if you do not have a TSI exemption or waiver

Step 3: Register for the TSI Assessment

  • Register and complete the TSI Assessment; forward assessment results to TAMUCC

Step 4: Determine Readiness for entry into college-level courses

  • Do you meet the minimum standards for entry into college-level courses based on your TSI Assessment results?
    • Yes - Proceed to step 5
    • No  - Proceed to Step 5 and Review Step 6

Step 5: Register for New Student Orientation

Step 6: Enroll in appropriate Developmental Education courses at New Student Orientation

  • Meet with a CASA Academic Success Coach during New Student Orientation
  • Review required Developmental Education Course(s)
  • Sign an Academic Student Achievement Contract
  • Enroll in appropriate Developmental Education Course(s)

Transfer Students

Students with 20 or more hours from an accredited college or university, and do not have a TSI waiver or a passing score in one or more areas of the TSI.


Transfer Student TSI Completion Guide:

Step 1: Identify if you are required to take the TSI Assessment

  • Do you have a TSI exemption or waiver?
    • Yes - You are exempt from taking the TSI Assessment
    • No - TSI Assessment is required

Step 2: Prepare to take the TSI Assessment if you do not have a TSI exemption or waiver

Step 3: Register for the TSI Assessment

  • Register and complete the TSI Assessment; forward assessment results to TAMUCC

Step 4: Determine Readiness for entry into college-level courses

  • Do you meet the minimum standards for entry into college-level courses based on your TSI Assessment results?
    • Yes - Proceed to step 5
    • No  - Proceed to Step 5 and Complete Step 6

Step 5: Register for Online Transfer Orientation

Step 6: Contact a CASA Academic Success Coach

  • Make an appointment with a CASA Academic Success Coach - 361.825.2977
  • Review required Developmental Education Course(s)
  • Sign an Academic Student Achievement Contract
  • Enroll in appropriate Developmental Education Course(s)

Veteran Students

Students serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, Texas National Guard or Reserved component of the Armed Forces, and have been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.


Veteran Student TSI Completion Guide:

Step 1: Identify if you are required to take the TSI Assessment

  • Do you have a TSI exemption or waiver?
    • Veteran students who can provide a copy of their DD-214 (Separation of Military) stating Honorable Discharge are eligible for a TSI waiver.  Veteran students must provide a copy of their DD-214 to the Office of Admissions and Records, and the Office of Academic Testing in order to process the TSI waiver.
    • Veteran students who do not have an exemption or waiver are required to take the TSI Assessment

Step 2: Prepare to take the TSI Assessment if you do not have a TSI exemption or waiver

Step 3: Register for the TSI Assessment

  • Register and complete the TSI Assessment; forward assessment results to TAMUCC

Step 4: Determine Readiness for entry into college-level courses

  • Do you meet the minimum standards for entry into college-level courses based on your TSI Assessment results?
    • Yes - Proceed to step 5
    • No  - Proceed to Step 5 and Complete Step 6

Step 5: Register for Online Transfer Orientation

Step 6: Contact a CASA Academic Success Coach

  • Make an appointment with a CASA Academic Success Coach - 361.825.2977
  • Review required Developmental Education Course(s)
  • Sign an Academic Student Achievement Contract
  • Enroll in appropriate Developmental Education Course(s)

Current Students

If you are currently enrolled in Developmental Education at TAMUCC, then completion of the developmental curriculum with a grade of DC or above is required.

Students earning a DD or lower will be required to re-enroll in Developmental Education unless successful completion of the course is determined or a passing TSI Assessment has been provided.


MATH 0300: Developmental Mathematics

  • Successful completion of Developmental Math 0300 requires a minimum passing grade of a DC. 

ENGLISH 0399: Integrated Reading and Writing

  • Successful completion of Developmental English 0399 requires a minimum passing grade of a DC in English 0399 and a minimum passing grade of a D in English 1302 or Communications 1311.