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   California Community Colleges See
             Enrollment Dip

“The California Community Colleges -- the largest higher education system
in the United States -- are projecting a 1 percent dip in enrollment this
year. The shift reverses five years of enrollment growth, which brought the
total number enrolled to nearly 3 million last year. In a press briefing, Jack
Scott attributed the drop to deep budget cuts, which have in turn forced
colleges to eliminate course sections. Statewide, he said, about 5 percent
of course sections have been eliminated. ‘Our enrollment is not dropping
due to a lack of demand,’ he said. He noted that the community colleges
statewide are actually educating about 200,000 more students than the
state is providing funds for -- further stretching the capacity of the
colleges.”                                  (Inside Higher Education, 2.25.10)
               New CLEP Policy for CSU
Coded Memorandum updates and supersedes Coded Memorandum AA-2009-211
• As directed in Executive Order 1036, Section 1.2.4, the CSU faculty have determined
   passing scores, minimum units of credit earned, and certification area (for General
   Education Breadth and/or U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals) for the list of
   standardized external examinations.

Effective Dates:
• 2/27/10 Proposed updates to the CSU's Coded Memorandum for test acceptances, was
    sent to statewide groups of faculty and staff involved in admissions, records, and
    articulation for review and feedback.
• 4/8/10 GEAC voted to endorse and forward to full senate
• 5/7/10 Senate Plenary votes to accept recommendations
• 5/14/10 new Coded Memo published
                  CSU CLEP policy, continued…
•   Qualifying scores align to American Council of Education (ACE) Guidelines: 50 score for each
    exam (except for the language exams, which earn more units with higher scores)
CSU GE-Breadth
•   In every case CSU GE-Breadth placement is synchronized to unit awards.
     – Holds true with community college courses accepted in transfer. (if the course was
       approved for GE Breadth placement, “satisfactory or better grade” earns the student
       both the units and the GE credit.)
Receiving institutions are free to award more credit.
•   Institutions may not award less credit identified in the CSU coded memorandum, when the
    student enters as "certified" having finished GE as a transfer student.
•   For uncertified transfers and freshmen, no guarantees are made. Note that each California
    State University system campus determines how to apply external examinations toward
    credit in the major and campus GE.
•   For students not already certified in GE and/or American Institutions, the campus determines
    how to apply exam credit toward local degree requirements.
                      CLEP Overview
• Credit-by-examination program serving diverse groups, including adult
  students, non-traditional learners, and military service members
• More than seven million exams administered since 1967
• 1,600+ colleges administer CLEP
• 133,000+ exams administered to national test takers (2008-09)
• 73,000+ exams administered to military service members in 2008–09
• Exam fee =$72.00 (Increase to $77- Effective July 1, 2010);
• American Council on Education (ACE)-recommended credit-granting score
  for all exams is 50 (equivalent to a grade of C)
     The CLEP Examinations (eCBT)
History and Social Sciences                  Composition and Literature
   American Government                         American Literature
   Human Growth and Development                Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
   Introduction to Educational Psychology
                                                English Composition
   Principles of Macroeconomics
   Principles of Microeconomics                English Composition with Essay
   Introductory Psychology                     English Literature
   Introductory Sociology                      Freshman College Composition
   Social Sciences and History                 Humanities
   U.S. History I
   U.S. History II                          Science and Mathematics
   Western Civilization I                      Calculus
   Western Civilization II                     College Algebra
                                                Precalculus
Business                                        College Mathematics
    Information Systems and Computer           Biology
     Applications                               Chemistry
    Principles of Management                   Natural Sciences
    Financial Accounting
    Introductory Business Law               Foreign Languages
    Principles of Marketing                    French Language
                                                German Language
                                                Spanish Language
                 About the CLEP Exams
     34 computer-based (not adaptive)
     Mostly multiple-choice, some fill-in, listening sections for foreign languages
     Approximately 90 minutes in length
     “Rights-only” scoring (no penalty for wrong answers)
     Immediate score reports (except exams with essays)
     American Council of Education (ACE) recommends qualifying scores for credit
     More than 600 faculty contribute to the development of and standard setting
      for CLEP examinations.
     Ongoing test development, standing faculty committees
     Opportunities to participate in College Board ACES Placement Validity studies:
                  Research findings

College Board CLEP Data, Reports & Research
 – Results indicate that CLEP students did as well as, or better
   than, those in the comparison group in nearly every case.
 – Anticipated results of FL Study, 2010
 ACES Placement Validity Study evaluates how performance on
   CLEP tests taken at the end of a course is related to student
   performance in that same course.
 CAEL (2010): Fueling the Race to Postsecondary Success
 – CLEP as recognized national exam to support PLA.
Highest Volume CLEP Exams
     National and DANTES 2008-09
                 CLEP Scoring and Standard Setting

      What does the Recommended Credit-Granting Score of 50 represent?
• The American Council on Education (ACE)reviews exam content and
  recommends a scaled score of 50 be used as the passing score—equivalent to
  a C in the comparable course—for all CLEP exams.
    – Visit the ACE CREDIT Web site at
• Each exam undergoes a Standard Setting Study by college faculty who teach
  the equivalent course and review the exam in detail.
• Panel determines the skills and knowledge that a C student can demonstrate
  upon completing the course. For every test question, the panel asks, “What
  percentage of my C students would answer correctly?”
• CLEP scaled score range is 20-80. The final recommended credit-granting
  score is converted to a scaled score of 50.
• Contact Ph: (800) 257-9558*
           Faculty Involvement
  Faculty serving on the CLEP exam development
  committees represent public and private universities
  and community colleges nationwide.
CA faculty currently serving on CLEP committees:
• Peter Tannenbaum, Fresno State (College Math)
• David Carlson, CSU-San Bernardino (American Lit)
• Marilyn Elkins, Cal State-LA (College Comp)
• Carolyn Brown, U. of San Francisco (Literature)
• Frank Bauerle, UC Santa Cruz (College Math)
            July 1, 2010
Changes to CLEP Composition Exams
             College Composition
        College Composition Modular
             English Composition
       English Composition with Essay
       Freshman College Composition
 Note: CSU will review new exams 2010-11
                     Who Takes CLEP?
 Adults returning to college
 Military service members and
 Students who are fluent in
  Spanish, French, or German
 Students at risk for stopping out
 Students with high SAT or ACT
 Juniors or seniors who have not
  met lower-division requirements
 Transfer students
 Home-schooled students
 International students needing
  to translate their overseas credit
2008 Survey of National Test Takers

45% have taken an
online course
70% are working
full- or part-time

45% are first-generation
college students
Age Distribution of Test Takers
Exams Administered to National Candidates, 2008-09
     Education Level
Exams Administered to National Candidates, 2008-09
     Supporting Hispanic Student Success

• More than 28,000 Hispanic students took
  more than 32,000 (CLEP) exams (2008-09).
• Heritage-speaking Hispanic students took
  nearly 65% of all CLEP Spanish Language
• Please consider CLEP as an effective approach
  to build academic momentum while
  recognizing foreign language proficiency…
      CLEP for Military and Veterans

• CLEP exams are free for eligible military
  service members
• Military veterans can seek reimbursement
  from the U.S. Department of Veterans
  Affairs for exam and fees
Getting the Word 0ut About CLEP
    Students Want to Know

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Steps for Students
                  CLEP Test Prep
• Individual Exams Study
  Guides provided through
  on-base Education Office

• Free Materials and
   – Free Online Resources
   – Textbook Suggestions

                  CLEP Test Prep
• Coming: Sample questions
  to be posted on Website
• At-a-Glance fact sheets
  coming in May
• FREE Study Materials and
   – Free Online Resources
   – Textbook Suggestions

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 Need More Information?

   CLEP website for professionals:

    CLEP website for students:

        CLEP email address:
         CSU- Ken O'Donnell
    State University Associate Dean
    Academic Programs and Policy
      CSU Office of the Chancellor

College Board CLEP-Pamela Kerouac
    Senior Assessment Manager
             Thank you CIAC!

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