UT Dallas Developmental Education
What is Developmental Education at UT Dallas?
When undergraduate students are first admitted, they are immediately Texas Success Initiative (TSI) liable. If they are not previously either TSI exempt or TSI waived, undergraduate students must take a THEA or other approved examination prior to the beginning of their first semester at UT Dallas. UT Dallas does not typically accept alternative tests for TSI purposes unless a student accumulates collegiate-level course work during the same semester at the same public institution where the student took an alternative test.
Placement and Enrollment into Developmental Education
Students who are required to take the THEA and do not successfully pass all three sections at the level of aforementioned standards will be required to register for Developmental Education courses for all areas in which they did not achieve the stated standard. Their enrollment in Developmental Education is required during the first semester of attendance. If UT Dallas does not offer Developmental Education courses in the semester the student registers the student is required to register for Developmental Education at a local community college. Students must work with their UT Dallas School academic advisor and the UT Dallas Developmental Education coordinator to ensure they are properly enrolled in courses at UT Dallas as well as Developmental Education courses at a local community college. If at any time during the semester an audit reports a student in violation of this policy, the student may be dropped from a collegiate level course(s) that is in the same content area.
Developmental Education coursework is designed to build upon existing skills in order to facilitate student success in the core curriculum at UT Dallas. UT Dallas recommends that students enroll in Developmental Education courses at Richland College, with whom UT Dallas has a collaborative relationship. UT Dallas has an information sharing agreement with Richland College that makes it easier for UT Dallas to track student work and course completion. However, students may enroll in Developmental Education courses at other local community colleges. Students should discuss this with their UT Dallas School academic advisor and the UT Dallas Developmental Education coordinator.
Students are required to enroll in Developmental Education until they pass the THEA examination in the particular content area in which they had previously failed or become TSI exempt through alternative means. In the absence of passing the THEA or other qualifying exam, successful completion of the highest Developmental Education course work at the community college is necessary for the student to satisfy the UT Dallas TSI requirement.
Students are not permitted to enter college-level courses without evidence that they possess the basic skills necessary to have a reasonable chance of success; as such, students are not permitted to be enrolled in "college-level and developmental work in the same content area simultaneously."
Participation and Attendance in Developmental Education
For students attending Richland College, attendance and continuing registration information is provided to UT Dallas by Richland College. For students attending other local community colleges the student is responsible for regularly providing UT Dallas proof of attendance and continuing registration throughout the semester. Students taking one or more Developmental Education courses are subject to class attendance policies which, if violated, may result in the students being administratively withdrawn from UT Dallas for the semester without refund. Students are advised when they are in jeopardy of being withdrawn; an attempt is also made to contact their advisor. Students who are required to be in Developmental Education for TSI purposes may not drop a developmental course unless they pass the THEA examination, become TSI exempt through alternative means, or withdraw from all university courses for the semester. All drop forms are to be signed by the Office of Undergraduate Education.