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1 Patricia B Parma, M.A., L.P.C. District Director of Student Success Initiatives November 13, 2013 1

2 Dual Credit ⋅ You cannot be considered for any of the Dual Credit programs until you submit your complete application packet to the Dual Credit Office by the posted deadlines 2

3 Why Go FAARR? The Go FAARR Module … A. Ensures students are acquainted with … Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Your Rights and Responsibilities Institutional and Community Resources B. Covers State mandated TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) Importance of Assessment Exemptions and Retesting Process Developmental Education Options Tips for Success 3

4 Pre-Assessment Activity for Students Taking the TSI Assessment Very Important Once you complete this Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), you are eligible to take the TSI assessment. At the beginning of the assessment, you will be given 14 background questions to answer. The first question reads: 1. Pre-Assessment Activity: Were you provided with information and/or an activity to help you understand all of the following: 1) The importance of this assessment, 2) Sample Questions, 3) Course options, and 4) Resources for students? Yes /No Answer “yes” to the first background question. If you answer “no” to the first question, you will be locked out and unable to continue. 4

5 Do I Have to Take the TSI Assessment? Not all students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. Qualifying for an exemption means that you can enroll in an entry- level college course without restrictions. You may be exempt if you… Met the minimum college readiness standard on the SAT, ACT or a statewide high school test Successfully completed college-level English and math courses Are enrolling in a Level One certification program Are not seeking a degree Have been, or currently are, in the military If you think you may be exempt, contact the Assessment or Advising Center at your college for verification. 5 Want to Know More? Click here…

6 Why is Preparing for the TSI Assessment so important? 6 Click on photo to learn why it is very important to perform your best on the TSI Assessment!

7 Before You Test… You Need to Know TSI determines your college readiness A valid photo identification (any state or federal government-issued ID) must be presented Cannot pass or fail the TSI Assessment 14 calendar days to complete the test TSI assessment fee $32.00 Unlimited re-testing TSI Re-Test fee $12.00 per section No study materials, reference materials, cell phones or other communication devices. Calculators “pop up” when needed. PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE 7 Want to Know More? Click here…

8 What can I expect on the TSI Assessment? TAKING THE TSI Computer Administered - Multiple Choice and Essay using keyboard and mouse Untimed - Up to 5 hours long Recommend allowing two hours for writing, and at least one hour each for reading and math Computer Adaptive - questions increase or decrease in difficulty level depending on how you respond. Diagnostic Test - provides an academic profile to target areas and fast-track your college preparatory program Scored Immediately 8

9 What Strategy Should I Use When Taking the TSI Assessment? Relax. Breathe. Pace Yourself. Arrive early and choose a comfortable location Stay relaxed and confident. Keep a good attitude and remind yourself that you are going to do your best. Read directions carefully! Read the question and all answer choices before entering your response. You cannot change answers once you leave a page. Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can and move on. 9

10 Testing Accommodations Qualifying students with disabilities may request accommodations. If you need accommodations for testing, please see your test administrator. 10

11 Can I Retake the Test? There is no mandatory “wait time” to retake the TSI assessment. Check with your counselor for available testing dates and times. You are required to pay the fee each time you test. Before you attempt to retest, it is strongly recommended you set aside time for review. Check with your counselor or college advising center concerning retesting and review resources. http://net.alamo.edu/district/dept/academic-success/test- prep/index.html 11

12 Supporting Your Success

13 Success is a Shared Responsibility Take Charge of Your College Success!! ● Alamo Colleges provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to promote student learning by encouraging interaction, involvement and responsible participation ● Your Responsibility as a student is to CARE about Your Education CARE Want to Know More? Click here…

14 4 PILLARS OF SELF-RESPONSIBILITY CARE I CARE about my Education! C ommunication A cademic Success R esponsibility E ngagement CARE Click on photo to learn why you should CARE about your education!

15 THE FIRST DAY MATTERS The Alamo Colleges require students to attend the first class meeting of every course in which they are registered, unless approval for the intended absence is obtained before the first meeting. Not attending may result in being dropped and jeopardizes your dual credit enrollment. Check your ACES Dual Credit schedule regularly between the first day of school and the college’s Census Date per term (Your teacher can provide you the college’s Census Date.) Notify your high school counselor or high school dual credit liaison IMMEDIATELY, if you notice any errors with your ACES dual credit schedule. (Home school students please contact your College’s Dual Credit Office.)

16 FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION All dual credit programs waive tuition and fees Traditional Dual Credit will waive 2 courses up to 8 college credits per term Early College High School will waive up to 12 to 16 college credits per term Alamo Academies will waive 6 to 10 college credits per term Phoenix (SAISD only) will waive up to 12 college credits per term —Textbooks Most ISDs/High Schools will fund the textbooks needed for their students. Confirm with your high school counselor or high school dual credit liaison prior to the start of classes Home School students will be responsible for purchasing their textbooks prior to the start of classes. —Financing your education in the future High school graduates may complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. You may also receive grants, loans, work study, and scholarships Want to Know More? Click here…

17 ACES MyPage tab – Your One Stop Access Check Your Balance If you see a balance or refund contact your college's Dual Credit Office IMMEDIATELY. Do NOT make payment or accept the refund.

18 Strategies of Behavioral Intervention ● The Alamo Colleges are committed to a safe supportive learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. ● The Strategies of Behavioral Intervention (SOBI) Employee and Student Guide provides the College community with information about how to address concerning, disruptive or threatening behavior by students or visitors at the Colleges. ● You may submit a Behavioral Incident Report to your college’s SOBI team who will assess the situation and take appropriate action. You are not required to include your name on the form.Behavioral Incident Report Want to Know More? Click here…

19 Protecting Your Civil Rights 19 Equal Educational Opportunity EEO The Alamo Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation with respect to access, employment programs, or services. Inquiries or complaints concerning these matters should be brought to the attention of: Linda Boyer-Owens, Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Title IX Coordinator, 210/485-0200. Address: Human Resources Department, 201 W. Sheridan, Bldg. A, San Antonio, Texas 78204. Want to Know More? Click below… Alamo Colleges Civil Rights Policy and Procedures: H.1.1 Equal Education and Employment Opportunities (Policy) H.1.1 H.1.1 Attachment-A Title IX/VII/ADA/504 Coordinator Organization H.1.1 H.1.2 Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (Policy) H.1.2 H.1.2.1 Civil Rights Complaint and Resolution (Procedure) H.1.2.1 H.1.2.1 Civil Rights Complaint (Diagram) H.1.2.1 H.1.2.2 Civil Rights Complaint Appeal (Procedure) H.1.2.2 H.1.2.2 Civil Rights Appeal (Diagram) H.1.2.2

20 College and Community Resources Click on Resource if you’d like more information! ● United Way United Way ● Food Bank Food Bank ● City of San Antonio services City of San Antonio services ● VIA VIA ● Child Care (all Texas) Child Care (all Texas) - Palo Alto College Palo Alto College - St. Philip’s College St. Philip’s College - San Antonio College San Antonio College ● San Antonio Housing Authority San Antonio Housing Authority ● Student Housing Student Housing ● Tobin Lofts near San Antonio College Tobin Lofts near San Antonio College

21 If you’d like to know more about… Additional Resources ● Military Military ● Veteran Veteran ● Student with a Disability Student with a Disability ● ESL Student ESL Student ● International Student International Student Financial Resources ● Student Financial Aid Student Financial Aid ● FAFSA FAFSA ● Financial Literacy 101 Financial Literacy 101 ● Financing Your Future Financing Your Future ● College for All Texans College for All Texans ● Bigfuture Bigfuture ● Cafecollege / Find the Money Cafecollege / Find the Money Student Resources ● Northeast Lakeview College Northeast Lakeview College ● Northwest Vista College Northwest Vista College ● Palo Alto College Palo Alto College ● St. Philip’s College St. Philip’s College ● San Antonio College San Antonio College

22 Pre-Assessment Activity for Students Answer “yes” to the first background question. 1. Pre-Assessment Activity: Were you provided with information and/or an activity to help you understand all of the following: 1) The importance of this assessment, 2) Sample Questions, 3) Course options, and 4) Resources for students? Yes /No If you answer “ no ” to the first question, you will be locked out and unable to continue. 22

23 Think Positive!Think Positive! 23 Want to know more? Click on the photos to watch videos.


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