The Student Success Points Model takes into account the fact that community college students enroll with different levels of college preparation and different goals. The underlying premise of the model is student success at community colleges should not be defined solely by end-point events (e.g., degrees and transfer). The model includes intermediate steps--completion of developmental work, first college-level course--that mark student success at community colleges. The model also details important missing elements that should be added in the future (ABE/ESL, GED, Employment/Workforce).
Success points are awarded as students progress through developmental courses to earning college credit to successful outcome metrics. The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $172 million for Student Success Points for FY 2014 and FY 2015 (based on FY 10-11-12 3-year average). The 84th Texas Legislature appropriated $169.2 million (based on FY 12-13-14 3-year average). The General Appropriations Act of the 85th Legislature (2017) will initially be based on the FY 13-14-15 3-year average. In March, updated student success points will be available for the legislature to consider incorporating the FY 14-15-16 3-year average as the basis for community college performance funding.