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Texarkana College's top priorities are improving student success and persistence, as well as instigating institutional changes supported by data.
With Achieving the Dream, the college will:
- Increase developmental and gateway mathematics completion with the implementation of Modular Developmental Math, Integrated Intermediate and College Algebra, and Math Boot Camp
- Improve and expand student success courses
- Implement collaborative and active learning to improve critical thinking
- Develop a culture of success on campus and in the community
Texarkana College (TC), founded as a junior college in 1927, is located in the city of Texarkana, which is about half way between Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas. Texarkana is a twin city, with about 35,000 people on the Texas side, and 30,000 on the Arkansas side. In 1971, the college joined forces with East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMU-T), in a uniquely cooperative venture that allows North East Texas residents greater access to higher education. TC’s 90-acre campus includes a small nature reserve and a 360-acre educational farm. In Fall 2009, TC had a record enrollment of 5,020 students; 24% were students of color. The college is quickly growing to keep up with the rapid growth the surrounding area has seen and meet the demands of a rapidly changing population.
Nearly 20% of the residents of Texarkana live in poverty. More than half of the college’s Fall 2009 Achieving the Dream cohort placed into at least one developmental course. Over the last five years, TC has increased successful completion of developmental courses for first-time-in-college students from 43% to 54%. This improvement is associated with the College’s student success course, reorganizing developmental education at the college, required weekly attendance in tutorial lab sessions for all developmental students, and providing access to individualized tutorial assistance through multiple formats.
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