Apr 19, 2021  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Admission


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Admission Requirements

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All Students

For admission to all programs at Amarillo College, individuals must first complete the Application for Admission.

 

Admission to Amarillo College is open to the following individuals:

 

  • All high school graduates, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) recipients, transfer applicants from another college or university and visiting students.

 

  • Any non-high school graduate and non-General Equivalency recipient who is 18 years of age or older. *

 

  • Any person who is a non-high school graduate and approved for enrollment in an early admission program (i.e. Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Credit, Diplomas and Degrees)

 

*Applicants without a high school diploma or GED must be enrolled in AC’s college readiness program, Career Ready You, and successfully complete six college credit hours before becoming eligible for Federal Student Aid.

 

Placement Testing

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students entering Texas public colleges and universities to be assessed for reading, mathematics, and writing skills before they enroll in any collegiate course work for credit, unless exempt.

 

Select Program Admission

There are certain programs of study that have additional entrance requirements.  Applicants planning to enter one of these select programs of study must follow the prescribed steps for admission in each program.  Applicants must first complete all course prerequisites, take applicable tests and/or submit requested materials as part of the admission process for select programs.  The admission process for select programs is competitive, space may be limited and only qualified students will be admitted.

Testing

Legislation requires students entering Texas public colleges and universities be assessed for reading, writing and mathematics skills before they enroll in any collegiate course work for credit, unless exempt.

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was established in 2003 by TEC code 51.307. TSI is designed to ensure that students have the academic skills necessary for effective performance in college-level course work. The assessment instrument used at Amarillo College for TSI purposes is the TSI2 Assessment. Results of these assessments are used by advisors to place students into appropriate coursework and to help students achieve academic success at Amarillo College. Prior to testing, students will need to schedule a Mandatory Pre-Assessment Session (MAPS) by contacting the Smart Start Center. Information on MAPS may be obtained by accessing the Smart Start Center web page at https://www.actx.edu/smartstart/. Assessments are administered by Testing Services located in Room 101 in the Student Services Center. Testing information may be obtained in Testing Services or by accessing the Testing Services web page at www.actx.edu/testing.

SUMMARY OF TSI REQUIREMENTS

  1. Each student, unless otherwise exempt, who enters Amarillo College must be assessed in reading, writing and mathematics skills prior to enrolling in any college-level coursework.
     
  2. High school students are subject to the following guidelines:
    1. A high school student who enrolls in dual credit courses or is concurrently enrolled in both high school and college courses must take a required assessment prior to enrolling in college-level coursework
    2. A high school student who fails to achieve the minimum passing standard may not take college-level classes related to portions of the test that have not been passed. Additionally, the student may not be required to take developmental classes while in high school.
  3. Students who are blind or deaf must take the required assessment. Appropriate accommodations are available and students are encouraged to see the Disability Services Coordinator for more information.

 

TSI Assessment scores are valid for five years from the date of testing

TESTING EXEMPTIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

Students entering Level 1 certificate programs are exempt from testing for TSI purposes.  However, Amarillo College requires the TSI Assessment for advising and diagnostic purposes.

Students in any of the following categories or conditions are exempt from one or more areas of testing:

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 that cannot be raised by institutions:

a.         ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment;

b.         SAT

i.          SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly “verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a combined critical reading (formerly “verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

ii.         SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.

iii.        Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016 is not allowable.

2.         For a period of three (3) years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) with a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test.

3.         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 that cannot be raised by institutions:

a.         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 scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for those corresponding sections; or

b.         STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section

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

5.         A student who transfers to an institution from a public, private, or independent recognized institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.

6.         A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. For students meeting non-Algebra intensive readiness standards in mathematics as defined in §4.59 of this title (relating to Determination of Readiness to Perform Entry-Level Freshman Coursework), institutions may choose to require additional preparatory coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 1314/1324/1414 (or their local equivalent). It is the institution’s responsibility to ensure that students are clearly informed of the consequences of successful completion of a mathematics pathways model which results in meeting the mathematics college readiness standard only for specific entry-level freshman mathematics courses.

7.         A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.

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.

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.

10.       A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course under Texas Education Code §28.014 is exempt for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the student’s first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student’s first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education. This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. Additionally, an institution of higher education may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a partnering institution of higher education to accept the exemption for the college preparatory course.

b.         An institution may exempt a non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking student.

c.         ESOL Waiver–An institution may grant a temporary waiver from the assessment required under this title for students with demonstrated limited English proficiency in order to provide appropriate ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions. The waiver must be removed after the student attempts 15 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework at a public junior college, public technical institute, or public state college; 9 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework at a general academic teaching institution; or prior to enrolling in entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first, at which time the student would be administered the TSI Assessment. Funding limits as defined in Texas Education Code, §51.340 for developmental education still apply. Developmental Education is not available for high school students.

d.         Any student who has been determined to be exempt in mathematics, reading, and/or writing under subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall not be required to enroll in developmental coursework and/or interventions in the corresponding area of exemption.

MINIMUM PASSING STANDARDS

TSI Assessment:

  • Math 350
  • Reading 351
  • Writing (Objective and Essay)
    • Essay score of 5 or higher
    • Writing Objective Score of 340 and Essay Score of 4 and TSI complete in Reading

TSI2 Assessment:

  • Math 950; or less than 950 with a diagnostic score of 6 or higher
  • ELAR 945 with Essay score of 5; or less than 945 with a diagnostic score of 5 or higher and an Essay score of 5 or higher

New Student Orientation

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New Student Orientation (NSO) is a program designed for all new students to prepare them for their first semester of college. By providing important information about policies, services, and activities, first-year students are more successful in identifying and avoiding potential obstacles in achieving their academic goals.  Students attend New Student Orientation prior to the beginning of their first semester. NSO is free to all students.

Several options are available:

Badger Beginnings is a day-long summer orientation designed for recent high school graduates, including students who took dual credit while in high school. Badger Beginnings includes peer-led small group activities, campus tours, faculty Q & A, and special sessions on technology, advising, and student success. Parents, guardians, or primary family supporters are invited to attend Badger Beginnings as well. To register for a Badger Beginnings session, speak to your advisor.

General Sessions are 3-hour sessions held prior to the start of each term. General Sessions include important information on resources and strategies for success, plus a campus tour. General sessions are open to all new students. To register for General Session, speak to your advisor.l

Online Orientation is available for distance education only students, visit www.actx.edu/nso.

East Campus Orientation is available for students with classes at East Campus. Orientations are two hours and take place on East Campus. To find these Orientations and register, log into your Student Planning. Be sure to confirm that you register for an East Campus location Orientation if your first semester classes are on this campus.

Moore County and Hereford Hinkson Memorial Campus NSO Sessions are available for students who are attending classes at these campuses. Call Moore County Campus, (806) 934-7200, or Hereford Hinkson Memorial Campus, (806) 379-2700), for more information.

Transfer students with 12 or more transferable hours do not need to take New Student Orientation. Please call (806) 371-5467 to verify transfer exemption.

For more information about New Student Orientation and instructions on how to register for sessions, visit www.actx.edu/nso, speak with your advisor or call the First-Year Experience Office at (806) 345-5620. 

College Graduates

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Students who have graduated from other institutions and wish to enroll for personal development are not required to submit college transcripts. However, they must complete the Amarillo College Application for Admission and meet all course prerequisites prior to enrollment in individual classes.

International Student and International Transfer Student Admissions

Amarillo College does not issue the I-20 document for F-1 student study. International students who are interested in pursuing higher education in the vicinity of Amarillo, Texas are invited to consider the following institutions:

Clarendon College :  http://www.clarendoncollege.edu/
Frank Phillips College:  http://www.fpctx.edu/
West Texas A&M University:  http://www.wtamu.edu/.

Specific Admission Procedures

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In addition to the general Amarillo College admission requirements, students must meet additional admission criteria as outlined in the following information:

  • Students seeking admission to the following programs must meet additional admission requirements as stated in the individual program guidelines. These programs are: Associate Degree Nursing, Dentist Aide, Dental Hygiene, Fire Protection Technology, Law Enforcement Academy, Medical Data Specialist, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Sonography, Mortuary Science, Nuclear Medicine, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedicine Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology, and Vocational Nursing.
     
  • All students majoring in the health-care fields must provide documented proof that they have been immunized prior to program admission. Students in Health Science programs should consult their program advisors regarding mandatory immunization requirements.

Acceptance of Transfer Course Work

  • Standard academic credits are accepted from colleges and universities accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations. Courses in which a grade of “D” was earned will not be accepted as transfer credits at Amarillo College unless the overall GPA from the institution which issued those grades is 2.0 or higher.
     
  • Transferability disputes between state-supported institutions within Texas will be handled in accordance with the guidelines published by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Issues which cannot be resolved between institutions will be reported to the Commissioner of the Coordinating Board for resolution.

Auditing a Course

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Students seeking to audit courses must apply and meet all admission requirements. The student must have permission of the instructor or the department chair in order to audit a class. Having received this permission, they may register on an audit basis only if space is available. No college credit is awarded for courses that are audited and a grade of “AU” (audit) will be assigned. The cost of auditing courses is the same as registration for credit. Auditors are entitled to attend class and may participate in class discussions and other class activities at the discretion of the instructor. Laboratory courses, skill and individual instruction courses, and clinical courses are not suitable for audit. Approval for audit is valid only for the class and semester specified and is not transferable. Students who elect to enroll on an audit basis may not subsequently change to a credit status.

Changing Course Status

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  • Adding or Dropping Prior to Class Start Date:

Prior to the class start date students may register or drop a course to their current enrollment by logging into ACConnect Self Service.  Students are required to consult with their academic advisor and the financial aid office (if the student is receiving financial aid) prior to adding or dropping a course.  Payment deadlines are enforced when courses are added to the student’s schedule; this includes payment plan contracts.

  • Dropping a Class Prior to Course Census Date:

After a class has started, but prior to the census date, students may go to the Enrollment Services Counter.

  • Withdrawing from a Course or the College:

Students who wish to withdraw from a class must have permission from their instructor.  Students must follow the instructions in their course syllabi to begin the withdrawal process. The withdrawal is not complete until the withdrawal request form has been processed by the Registrar’s Office.  No withdrawal will be processed that is submitted after the withdrawal deadline.  See the My Important Course date information in ACConnect (Self-Service) for the withdrawal deadline.  

The Texas Education Code stipulates that students attending Texas institutions of higher education for the first time in fall 2007 and later may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career, including courses from which transfer students have withdrawn at other Texas institutions of higher education. There are certain exceptions to this policy and petitions for exceptions should be directed to the Registrar.  For more information, see the information on the Withdrawal Limitations. 

 

   
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