Resources & Information

 Galveston College offers many resources to enrolled students. The Developmental Education Program also offers resources that are specific to the program, such as labs dedicated to Developmental Education students. 

How do I know if I need to take Developmental Education Courses?

 Developmental Education Course Placement for either an INRW (Integrated Reading/Writing) or MATH course is based on  Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment scores. The TSI was passed by the Texas State Legislature in 2003 to improve the success of students attending public colleges and universities in Texas. The TSI requires the assessment of academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student's readiness to enroll in freshman-level (college level) academic coursework.

Students who were registered on or before August 26, 2013 were able to complete TSI standards through an alternative test such as COMPASS®, THEA®, or ACCUPLACER®. Any student who registered on or before August 26, 2013 and wishes to retest must take the new TSI Assessment.

 Examinations and Scores Accepted for Satisfying TSI Requirements at Galveston College
 THEA®  RDG 230 MATH 230 WRT 220
 ASSET® RDG 41  Elem Alg 38 WRT 5 or 5 (Essay) and 40
 ACCUPLACER®  RDG 78  Elem Alg 63  WRT 6 or 5 (Essay) and 80
 COMPASS®  RDG 81  ALG 46  WRT 6 or 6 (Essay) and 59
 TSI Assessment**  RDG 351  MATH 350  WRT 5 or 4 (Essay) and 363

**Students who were enrolled for the first time after August 26, 2013 must take the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment, unless exempt. The TSI Assessment is a state-wide administered test that assesses the academic skills of students.

Students who do not meet TSI requirements:

  1. Must enroll continuously in developmental instruction (excluding summer sessions) directly related to the sections(s) of the test where the score does not meet the college readiness standard, and must give priority in course selection to the corresponding developmental course(s).
  2. Must satisfactorily complete all coursework in the developmental sequence at the point of placement before enrolling in college-level courses in those disciplines.
  3. Must enroll in a student success course if placement results require student to complete coursework in more than one developmental discipline area.
  4. Cannot enroll in courses where college-readiness has not been met.
  5. Cannot graduate from an associate degree program or from a level two certificate program.

For more information, contact

Elvia Segura, M.S.
Developmental Education Advisor
4015 Avenue Q, M-157
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 944-1228 

What are NCBO courses?

Non-Course Based Competency Option (NCBO) developmental education includes interventions that, compared to traditional lecture-only classes, more effectively and efficiently prepare eligible students for college-level work. These interventions are overseen by an instructor of record.

NCBO Mathematics courses allow students to move through a series of content modules using a mastery learning approach. Students are required to meet with the Developmental Education Advisor before enrolling in an NCBO course. NCBO INRW courses are also individualized for each student's specific needs. Qualified students are able to take the Developmental Literacy (INRW) courses and the Developmental Mathematics courses to achieve college readiness.

For more information regarding NCBO courses, contact Elvia Segura (Advisor) OR Carolyn Harnsberry (Math) OR Phillip Presswood (INRW).

Where can I go to get some extra help?

Math Lab provides free tutoring in all developmental math courses offered at Galveston College, including Basic Mathematics (0300), Introductory Algebra (MATH0303), and Intermediate Algebra (MATH0304). During their scheduled lab hours, instructors can assist student in setting up MyMathLab student accounts, as well as provide students with assistance with MyMathLab homework. 

Math Lab Hours (Summer I and II 2014) Room N-333

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm 

For a detailed list of when math faculty will be in the lab, view this document: 2014 Fall Math Lab Schedule

Math Mini Video Lectures with Carolyn Harnsberry Available Online HERE

INRW Lab Hours (Summer 2014)

For a detailed list of when math faculty will be in the lab, view this document: 2014 Fall INRW Lab Schedule

Multiliteracy Center Room N-119

The Multiliteracy Center is an instructional facility, located in the Student Success Center, designed to provide the college community with tutors to help at any stage of the writing process. Tutors and staff are available to help with any composition need, from idea generation and organization to style, grammar, and editing strategies. Its primary function is to teach writing using technology and innovative methods through the use of audio, visual, and web-based writing production. The Mulitliteracy Center welcomes all members of the GC community: students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Visit us in N-119 or call 409-944-1338 for more information.

What is the student success center?

The Student Success Center, located on the Galveston College Campus in room N-119 (in the atrium near the entrance), is supervised by Chandra Matthews. Tutoring services are provided by a knowledgeable tutoring staff, comprised of Galveston College students and members of the Galveston community. The tutors are available to help all Galveston College learners with general study and test-taking skills and subject-specific tutoring. Best of all, tutoring is a FREE service of the college!

For more information about the Student Success Center, including the hours, check out the website HERE.

More questions about the student success center? Contact:

Chandra Matthews, M.A.
Coordinator, Student Success Center
4015 Avenue Q, N-119
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 944-1244 

How do I find out about getting special accommodations n my classes?

The Galveston College Office of Special Services strives to coordinate services that will enable students with special needs to act as independently as possible in a supportive atmosphere that promotes educational success. A variety of programs, services, and related activities are designed to provide educational support to students who self-identify as having a disability.

The Office of Special Services is located in the Counseling Center located on the first floor of Moody Hall.

For more information, please contact:

Jayne Withers
Student Success Advisor
4015 Avenue Q, M-154
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 944-154


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Updated 9/25/2014 - Content Author charnsberry