General Information • Advising

ADVISING

A staff of professional advisors is maintained by the college to assist students in a variety of areas.

Advisors:

      •   advise students on Texas Success Initiative requirements

      •   help students plan a schedule of classes

      •   approve students’ class schedules and changes

      •   refer students to Testing Center for required tests

      •   arrange student interest inventories

      •   provide transfer information to four-year schools             

      •   refer students to appropriate sources for assistance

      •   assist students with disability access/accommodations

      •   provide career advising

Students desiring academic advising may come to the Student Services Office in the Scharbauer Student Center during business hours or email advising@midland.edu.

Students who need to file with the VA for Montgomery GI Bill education benefits need to see the VA Coordinator in the Financial Aid office or call (432) 685-4511 or visit www.midland.edu/va.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the advisor for students with disabilities as soon as possible. These conditions may include documented physical or educational disabilities. Please be aware that services or accommodations are not automatic. Each student must request them and secure the proper authorizations each semester.

Degree Plans

Degree plans should be arranged with the appropriate division office or advising office as early as possible and may be modified at any time. During the semester of graduation, students must have the degree plan signed by the appropriate MC official and filed with the Registrar’s Office.

Transfer Students

Students intending to transfer after attending Midland College should contact the college or university they plan on transferring to for accurate advising regarding courses to take at Midland College. Come by the Transfer Center in the Scharbauer Student Center or visit with an advisor to get contact information for other colleges and universities.

Advanced Standing Examination

Midland College administers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. Upon approval of the division dean and departmental faculty, departmental examinations may be used in cases where approved CLEP tests are not available. Procedures exist for the granting of credit by examination. Please inquire in the Testing Center for additional information.

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Legislature in June 2003 approved the Texas Success Initiative as a program designed to help students be successful in college. It includes assessment of students before entering a state-supported college or university, advisement and an individual plan designed to prepare students to meet college-readiness skills.

All students must take the TSI Assessment before enrolling in college for the first time, unless they are specifically exempt by law. The following minimum passing standards are established to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework.

           TSI Assessment:

           Mathematics         350

           Reading                 351

           Writing                   Essay Score of 5; or Essay Score of 4 with Multiple Choice Score of 363

The TSI Assessment is offered at the Midland College Testing Center located in the Scharbauer Student Center, Room 260. Please call (432) 685-4504 or click . A pre-assessment is required before testing. Go to www.midland.edu/pre-assessment. The cost is $29.00 for each testing session.

Exemptions/Exceptions

Students who meet one of the following conditions are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements:

  1)  For a period of five (5) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards:

           a)   ACT with a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

           b)   SAT with a combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test and/or the mathematics test shall be exempt for those corresponding sections.

  2)  For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who tests and performs on the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 shall be exempt from the assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections.

  3)  Students who will be juniors (11th grade) are also eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if:

           a)   The student achieves a combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the critical reading and/or mathematics test relevant to the courses to be attempted. An eligible high school student who has enrolled in dual credit under this provision must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in twelfth grade; or

           b)   The student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics and English. An eligible high school student who has enrolled in dual credit under this provision must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in twelfth grade.

  4)  A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from a public institution of higher education.

  5)  A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

  6)  A student who transfers to Midland College from other accredited institutions of higher education with appropriate college-level work in the areas of writing, reading and/or mathematics (Grades of C or higher) may be deemed as college ready after review by the Registrar’s Office. Students not meeting college readiness in writing, reading or mathematics will be required to take the TSI Assessment for that area.

  7)  A student who enrolls in a certificate program of one year or less (level one certificate, 42 or fewer credit hours).

  8)  A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment. Written documentation from the appropriate branch of the military is required.

  9)  A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States. Written documentation (DD214) is required.

10)  A casual/enrichment student who is taking courses for personal interest only and who is not seeking a degree or certificate will be allowed to defer development course work and may enroll under the following conditions:

           a)   take a maximum of two courses per semester that are not academically restricted courses;

           b)   may not declare a major; and

           c)   may not receive financial aid. Consult with a Midland College counselor or advisor for a list of academically restricted courses.

Students who have not yet tested should contact the Midland College Testing Center (432) 685-4504. Remember, test scores must be available before you are permitted to register for classes.