Odessa College Success Initiative Plan
A primary focus of Odessa College is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and be successful in reaching their educational goals. A significant part of providing these opportunities rests in activities to determine the college readiness of each person who enrolls for credit classes at OC. An individual who is not able to demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and/or mathematics will be directed to appropriate programs to bring those skills to the college-readiness level through the college’s Success Initiative Plan.
Odessa College’s Success Initiative Plan has been developed in compliance with the requirements of the Texas Education Code, Sections 51.307, 51.3062 and 51.403(e). The official transcript of each student will clearly indicate the student’s status for college readiness according to the Odessa College Success Initiative Plan.
All students enrolling at Odessa College on or after September 1, 2003, fall under the provisions of the Success Initiative Plan. Prospective students may demonstrate college readiness by presenting official documentation of the approved exemption or passing scores on any of the approved tests. All new students who are not exempt must test.
A student must demonstrate college readiness by meeting Success Initiative standards in all three of the skill areas to be eligible to receive an advanced skills (Level II) certificate or associate degree from Odessa College.
The Testing Center, Spur 150, offers a variety of testing and assessment services designed to help students set and meet educational goals. Tests that are offered on a walk-in basis every weekday include the TSIA test, which is required for placement into college classes; the TEAS and HOBET tests required for admission to many of the College’s Nursing and Allied Health programs; make-up tests for Odessa College classes and proctored testing for students enrolled in courses at other institutions. Tests that are scheduled on a regular basis include SAT and ACT.
Students with special testing needs are accommodated in the Testing Center. Individuals using the Center’s services must present photo identification and social security cards. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be left outside the testing rooms. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is not testing.