Dr. Quentin Wright and Dr. Leonard Garrett
The state of Texas is in the midst of the most significant changes to developmental education within the last twenty years. Through the passage of H.B. 1244, H.B. 3468, and S.B. 162, all Texas public institutions are reforming the way students are tested, advised, placed, and instructed. To comply with the new Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board statutes, Mountain View College has formed a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) taskforce consisting of representatives from Instruction, Student Services, and Continuing Education. This taskforce has worked diligently since forming in January of this semester.
Below is a brief outline of activities that the taskforce is in the midst of accomplishing:
- Developmental faculty members have created several non-course-based remediation options. These options are for students near college readiness that may benefit from an accelerated intervention other than a traditional 16-week course.
- Student service personnel have been developing a holistic advising model that will use factors such as learning inventories, career choice, time management, and diagnostic information to place students in courses or on pathways that will provide the greatest potential for their success.
- Instructional Support has worked with student service personnel to create a new pre-assessment activity that will provide students with a test orientation prior to taking the new placement exam.
- Continuing Education and Workforce Development are collaborating to create a series of career pathways for students with placement scores that are within the Adult Basic Education range. These students will have the option of either pursuing a traditional associate degree or entering a career pathway that will allow for a credential within twelve months.
The efforts of the taskforce members have been commendable. Through college-wide collaborations, MVC is changing the way developmental students are served. From advising practices to classroom innovations, there is a focused effort to increase student success.