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Enrollment into Developmental Education

Students who are required to take the TSI/THEA and do not successfully pass all three sections at the level of the previously stated 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 on The University of Texas at Dallas campus is required during the first semester that they attend U.T. Dallas. If at any time during the semester an audit reports a student in violation of this policy, that student will be immediately transferred into the appropriate Developmental Education course and dropped from a collegiate level course that is in the same content area. U.T. Dallas students must take their Developmental Education on the UTD campus.

Placement into Developmental Education Courses

Developmental Education coursework is designed to build upon existing skills in order to facilitate student success in the core curriculum at U.T. Dallas. The Developmental Education courses that are offered are as follows:

  • DMTH OV93 Fundamentals of Math and Elementary Algebra
  • DRDG OV92 Reading for Success
  • DWTG OV91 Writing for Success

Students are required to remain in Developmental Education until they pass the THEA examination in the particular content area in which they had previously failed. If students do not pass the THEA examination after one semester of developmental coursework, they re-enroll in the same course, but their assignments are individualized to avoid redundancy. 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; thus, 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

Students who are required to enroll in Developmental Education because they have failed one or more parts of the THEA examination are subject to the following policies.

Students sign a contract that states that they understand class attendance is mandatory and if they are absent and do not follow the procedure in the contract, they will be withdrawn from The University of Texas at Dallas for the semester with no refund.

Students are advised when they are in jeopardy of being withdrawn; an attempt is also made to contact their advisor. The Director of Learning Resources reports those students who are not in compliance to the Registrar, and the Registrar sends a letter to any student who is withdrawn. A copy of the letter is sent to the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Students who are required to be in Developmental Education for TSI/THEA purposes may not drop a developmental course unless they pass the THEA examination or they are withdrawing from all university courses for the semester. All drop forms are to be signed by the TSI Liaison Officer.

Completing Required Developmental Education

In order to complete successfully any required Developmental Education course, students must comply with the mandatory attendance policy, complete assignments, quizzes, and tests with an overall minimum average of 70% in the course or courses in which they are enrolled. Students are then required to re-take the THEA examination. If they fail any part of the THEA examination, students are required to re-enroll in Developmental Education coursework in all content areas of the THEA they have not passed.

Provisions for Transferring Students

Students transferring to The University of Texas at Dallas from private or out-of-state institutions must meet both TSI/THEA requirements (be tested or exempted) prior to being allowed to enroll in any collegiate-level work. Students who transfer with 60 or more accumulated semester credit hours or the equivalent to U.T. Dallas from an American private or out-of-state U.S. institution may use transferred courses which are given common course numbers corresponding to courses approved by U.T. Dallas to satisfy TSI/THEA requirements. Students must have earned a course grade of “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher in each of the three skill areas. If not, the student must be tested for the remaining skill areas and must comply with all other TSI/THEA requirements.

Students transferring from other public institutions of higher education in the state of Texas must be both TSI/THEA exempted or comply with the UTD policies for Developmental Education set forth in this document.

NOTE: Once any student accumulates 60 hours of collegiate-level coursework, he or she may not enroll in any upper division courses until all three areas of the TSI and UTD's THEA standards have either been exempted or achieved.

The specific application for the Texas Success Initiative as outlined in this statement applies to UTD students only.

TSI: The Texas Success Initiative (formerly TASP) 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.

THEA: Texas Higher Education Assessment.


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This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

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