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Explanation of Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Law was substantially amended by the Texas Legislature effective August 26, 2013.  The new laws may be different for new students that are beginning college coursework during the Spring 2014 semester or later.  If you have any questions please contact Vernon College Student Services.  The Texas Success Initiative information is covered in depth during New Student Orientations.

The Texas Success Initiative intends to assess a student's College Readiness for college level academic coursework by testing reading, writing, and math ability. 

College Readiness is a term designated by the State of Texas to indicate a student's ability to successfully enroll and progress in first year college level academic coursework. 

College Readiness Clear or Not Clear-At Vernon College we use the term Clear to designate if a student has passed all 3 areas of the placement test or is exempt.  We also use the term Not Clear if the student has not passed all 3 sections of the TSI Assessment and is required to take developmental coursework. Vernon College will note on the students' official and unofficial records, if a student is College Readiness Clear or College Readiness Not Clear. 

If you do not meet one of the TSI exemptions listed below and want to take academic coursework you must take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment before you enroll in coursework.  The Texas Success Initiative Assessment is the only approved placement test after August 26, 2013. 

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment:

  • is mandatory for all public colleges and universities in Texas
  • is required by the State of Texas to measure your ability to read, write, and do math at a college level  
  • is a computerized test consisting of a multiple choice exam as well as a writing sample you will receive your results as soon as you finish the exam
  • will provide you a multipage print out so that you can see in what areas you did well as well as in what areas you did poorly and will be requiring developmental class work 

If a student took another previously state approved placement test and attended a college or university those previously state approved placement test scores can be used.  The scores can only be used because of the previous college enrollment.

All students are now required to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment unless they meet one of the exemptions listed below.  We encourage you to read the exemptions below carefully to see if you are eligible to claim one of these state approved exemptions.  If you are eligible for one of the exemptions you must bring proof of your exemption to the Vernon College Counseling Office.

Students may be College Readiness Clear if they qualify for one of the following exemptions:

Exemptions using other tests: 

ACT/SAT/TAKS/STAAR EOC/GED Tests-Students who meet the following standards may be exempt from taking the TSI Assessment test if they have valid ACT, SAT, TAKS, STAAR EOC, or GED scores.  It is the student's responsibility to provide official scores to VC to qualify for an exemption prior to enrollment in any college-level courses and prior to expiration of those specific scores.

The minimum exemption standards for these tests are:

Name of Test  Composite Score  English/Verbal Score  Math Score  Expiration Date from the day the test is taken 
SAT (Taken after March 5, 2016) Not required  480 (Critical Reading Score)  530 5 years 
 SAT (Taken before March 5, 2016)  1070 500  500  5 years 
ACT  23  19  19  5 years 
TAKS Exit Exam (11th Grade)  N/A  2200 with Writing Sub score of 3  2200  5 years 
STARR EOC  N/A  Level II (4000 on reading and writing) on English III EOC exam  Level II (4000 on Algebra II EOC exam)  5 years 
 GED N/A  165 165 5 years

Other Exemptions:

  • Students who transfer to Vernon College from a private institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework may be exempt for portions of the TSI law at Vernon College. The coursework from the private or out of state institution of higher education must have a prerequisite of reading, writing and/or math for the same class at Vernon College. A student may be partially TSI clear in reading and writing but not clear in math or vice versa.
  • Previously graduated with an Associate or Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Enrolling in a certificate program of 1 year or less (less than 42 semester credit hours)
  • Students serving as active duty or active reserves in the US Armed Forces
  • Students honorably discharged from Active Duty in the US Armed Forces after August 1, 1990 (student should provide a copy of a DD214)

Students who are College Readiness Not Clear are mandated to be enrolled in developmental coursework until they have completed their developmental plan. Students will receive their Individual Developmental Plan from the Counseling Office. Students who are College Readiness Not Clear must have their schedules approved by the Vernon College Counseling Office each semester to verify they are following their Individual Developmental Plans and making progress toward completion of the plan.  

The Individual Developmental Plan will be designed on an individual basis to provide the student an appropriate measure to obtain College Readiness Clear status and include:

  • career advising
  • course based and/or non course based developmental education options
  • campus and/or community resources and support services
  • degree plan or plan of study
  • designated point of contact
  • registration information for the next semester
  • differentiated placement
  • a description of the appropriate coursework to ensure college readiness

The Texas Success Initiative Law is administered through the Dean of Student Services Office.  Vernon College makes every effort to make sure the spirit of the law is upheld and the actions of Vernon College benefit the student.  Any questions concerning the Texas Success Initiative Law can be directed to a Vernon College Counselor or the Associate Dean of Student Services.  Any complaints concerning the law should be directed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, your local state legislators, or the Governor of Texas. The annual printing and publication of this catalog may prohibit recent changes to the law being reflected in this document.  Please refer to the Vernon College website or the Vernon College Office of Student Services for more information.

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1970 marked the beginning of Vernon College. Throughout this decade the College continued to grow and more students enrolled in both on- and off-campus courses. On January 20, 1970, a majority of the citizens of Wilbarger County voted to create the Wilbarger County Junior College District. Following that decision, Vernon Regional Junior College was established and on April 9, 1970, the newly elected Board of Trustees appointed Dr. David L. Norton as the College’s first president. Campus construction began in May 1971, and included an Academic Science Center, Administration-Fine Arts Center, Applied Arts Center, Library, and Student Center. The following year, on September 5, 1972, classes met for the first time on the Vernon campus with a total of 608 students. On August 1, 1974, Dr. Jim M. Williams became the College’s second president. In the fall semester of that year, combined on- and off-campus enrollment exceeded 800 students. During the 1975-76 academic year, the College expanded its services to include a learning center on Sheppard Air Force Base. During this year, enrollment in credit courses, both on- and off-campus, rose to a level of 1,199. The scope of the Vocational Nursing Program was enlarged during the 1976-77 academic year with the assumption of the Bethania School of Vocational Nursing in Wichita Falls. In August 1976 the Physical Education Center was dedicated in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. King longtime benefactors of Vernon College. Growth and changes continued during the 1980s. In August 1980 a Student Residence Center, designed to house 128 students, opened for occupancy. Further expansion of program offerings in the Wichita Falls area was accomplished through absorption of an existing proprietary school that was renamed the Vernon College Technical Center and the integration of the nursing program from the Wichita Falls Independent School District. On March 22, 1982, Dr. Joe Mills took over the leadership of the College as the third president. That fall, the College fielded its first intercollegiate rodeo team. During 1983-84, the Department of Cosmetology and the Career Development Center (previously known as the North Texas Skills Center) were established in Wichita Falls. On the Vernon campus, the Chaparral Center was completed, and the Pease River farm purchased through a state land trade. The following academic year, 1984-85, Vernon College reached a record credit enrollment of 1,863 and a record continuing education enrollment of 7,056 registrations. A Vocational Nursing Program opened in Seymour, and the Board of Trustees established a college foundation and approved an agreement to allow construction of the Red River Valley Museum on the Vernon campus. In February 1987 the College played its first intercollegiate baseball game on the Vernon campus. During May of that year, the new Natatorium was opened in the King Physical Education Center. A newly constructed Athletic Dormitory opened to house 28 athletes in August 1988. In October, Trustees voted to add women’s volleyball as a varsity sport, effective with the fall 1989 semester. In May 1989 Vernon College moved all Wichita Falls programs to one centralized location—Century City Center. Since the College opened its doors 38 years ago, many individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations have made an investment in our students through the creation of endowed and annual scholarships. As of this year, more than 100 scholarship funds are available to help students pursue their educational dreams.VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society. Vision VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services. Values VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to: Accessibility Accountability Building Relationships Diversity Inclusion Innovation Leadership Quality Student Success Teamwork Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what is important to us at our college. Mission VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to: Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates; Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations; Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees; Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment; Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ; A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals; Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs; Support services for educational programs and college-related activities; Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and Other To help prospective and current students, faculty, and staff locate important information about Vernon College, this webpage provides links to helpful information on a variety of government mandated and consumer information. Examples are academic programs, cost of attendance, financial aid, safety and security, and institutional financial reports. Vernon College’s presentation of this information complies with the Higher Education Act, as amended, and implementing regulations.