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).
The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $172 million for Student Success Points for FY 2014 and FY 2015. The distribution of the Student Success appropriation was based on the three year average (FY 10-11-12) of Student Success Points for each college district. Success points were awarded as students progressed through developmental courses to earning college credit to successful outcome metrics. The 2014-15 Student Success appropriation is a starting point for incorporating performance funding into the community college instructional appropriation. Rider #23 in the General Appropriations Act (SB 1) requires a new methodology for success points allocation be developed for the 2016-17 biennium “that compares the performance of the college district to itself” (SB1, p. III-200).