® 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 New! 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… SCORES • 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 Structure 34 computer-based (not adaptive) Mostly multiple-choice, some fill-in, listening sections for foreign languages Approximately 90 minutes in length Scoring “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 http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/CLEP_scores.pdf Development 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: https://apps.collegeboard.com/aces/prequest.html Research findings College Board CLEP Data, Reports & Research http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports- research/cb/clep – 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 http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/highered/clep/CLEP_scores.pdf 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 www.acenet.edu/acecredit • 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) firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Releasing: College Composition College Composition Modular Retiring: English Composition English Composition with Essay Freshman College Composition Note: CSU will review new exams 2010-11 www.collegeboard.com/clepcomposition Who Takes CLEP? Adults returning to college Military service members and veterans Students who are fluent in Spanish, French, or German Students at risk for stopping out Students with high SAT or ACT scores 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 exams. • 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 www.collegeboard.com/clepmilitary • Military veterans can seek reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for exam and fees www.collegeboard.com/clepveterans Getting the Word 0ut About CLEP Students Want to Know Steps for Students CLEP Test Prep • Individual Exams Study Guides provided through on-base Education Office • Free Materials and Resources – Free Online Resources – Textbook Suggestions www.collegeboard.com/clepprep CLEP Test Prep • Coming: Sample questions to be posted on Website • At-a-Glance fact sheets coming in May • FREE Study Materials and Resources – Free Online Resources – Textbook Suggestions www.collegeboard.com/clepprep Sign Up for CLEPNotes collegeboard.com/clepnotes Need More Information? CLEP website for professionals: professionals.collegeboard.com/Clep CLEP website for students: www.collegeboard.com/clep CLEP email address: CLEP@collegeboard.org Contacts CSU- Ken O'Donnell State University Associate Dean Academic Programs and Policy CSU Office of the Chancellor 562-951-4735 email@example.com College Board CLEP-Pamela Kerouac Senior Assessment Manager 850-521-4916 firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you CIAC! Questions?
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