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DIRECTIVE 2011RE: A PROPOSAL FOR AWARDING COLLEGE-LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM CREDITS TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN OHIO

Guiding Philosophy The Chancellor recognizes that students can document their achievement in college-level subject matter via the College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). In order to provide consistency and clarity for students, the policy for awarding CLEP credit should be adopted by all public institutions of higher education in Ohio. The guiding philosophy behind the policy includes the following: · · · · · · · · The policy should recognize and value the competency earned through prior-learning experience. CLEP credits should be awarded and counted toward degrees consistently across Ohio public institutions of higher education. It should be clear to prospective students how CLEP credits will be awarded at any public institutions of higher education in Ohio. The policy should promote student success. The policy should be fair to "native" students, as well as transfer students. There should be a balance between maintaining standards and advantaging students in awarding CLEP credits. Students should not be disadvantaged in the acceptance of CLEP credits when transferring within the public institutions of higher education system. Students should consult with academic advisors to determine how CLEP credits can be used most effectively in meeting degree requirements. It should be recognized that advisors may recommend that students have higher than the minimum required CLEP score to be successful in courses in their major areas or in courses used as pre-requisites.

Seamless credit transfer and accelerated student mobility are the cornerstones of the University System of Ohio, and the above philosophy supports the spirit of the University System of Ohio's Strategic Plan for Higher Education to raise students' aspirations for college and reduce their costs. While a policy should provide clarity for most cases, any uncertainties should be adjudicated consistent with the guiding philosophy. All public institutions of higher education in Ohio should adhere to the following policy in awarding CLEP credits:

CLEP Policy 1. College credit will be granted to students who earn a score of 50 or higher on College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. These scores conform to recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE). 2. The credit should count towards graduation and will meet a general education, premajor/beginning major, general elective, or technical elective course requirement if the course to which the CLEP credit is equivalent fulfills a degree requirement at the receiving institution. In the implementation of the policy, statewide recommended course alignment will be done. 3. When it clearly enhances the likelihood of student success, an institution should strongly recommend a CLEP score of at least a B Level for a course or a sequence of courses in the STEM area. For example, an advisor should strongly recommend a score of at least 57 on the CLEP Biology exam or 65 on the CLEP Chemistry exam. Refer to the B-Level Credit Recommendations document to find the comparable B-Level recommended score for each exam. 4. Each public institutions of higher education in Ohio shall publicize information on awarding CLEP credits, which should include the number of credits awarded and the course equivalents earned for scores of 50 or higher. 5. Credits earned via CLEP exams are transferable within public institutions of higher education in Ohio according to the state's Transfer Module, Transfer Assurance Guides, and transfer policy.

Timeline The policy should be fully implemented by fall 2012 and will be applied to students who are enrolled at a public institution of higher education in Ohio in the fall of 2012 and have not had their CLEP scores evaluated for college credit. The new policy should be communicated to prospective students and to other key stakeholders during the Academic Year 2011-2012.

Determining the Effect of the Policy Within three years of implementation of this policy, the Chancellor's staff, will review the policy to determine its effect and present the review findings to Articulation and Transfer Oversight Board and the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council. The Articulation and Transfer Oversight Board and the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council will recommend to the Chancellor any needed modifications in the policy to bring it into consistency with the guiding philosophy.

Staff Recommendation: Staff worked closely with the Articulation and Transfer Oversight Board and the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council in writing the CLEP policy. Members of the Articulation and Transfer Oversight Board and the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council support this directive and staff recommends the adoption of the policy.

B-level and C-level recommended credit-granting scores for CLEP exams

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends a credit-granting score of 50 for each CLEP exam. This is a scaled score, equivalent to earning a C in the relevant course; the corresponding raw score is determined after detailed and rigorous review by a panel of college faculty who teach the equivalent course, and approved by the faculty test development committee that oversees each CLEP exam. Learn more about CLEP standard setting. In addition to determining the recommended credit-granting score of 50, these college faculty members also recommend a scaled score that is equivalent to a grade of B. While ACE has not endorsed this B score, it is useful to those schools that print grade equivalents for CLEP exams on student transcripts, or those specialized programs that require a minimum grade of B on all transferred credit. Exam Title B-Level Recommendations C-Level Recommendations

Business Financial Accounting Introductory Business Law Information Systems and Computer Applications Principles of Accounting Principles of Marketing Principles of Management Composition and Literature Analyzing & Interpreting Literature American Literature College Composition² College Composition Modular² English Composition with Essay

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65 60 59

50 50 50

53 65 63

50 50 50

60 58 59 60 63

50 50 50 50 50

Exam Title

B-Level Recommendations

C-Level Recommendations

Business English Composition without Essay English Literature Freshman College Composition Humanities Foreign Languages French Language, Level 1 French Language, Level 2 German Language, Level 1 German Language, Level 2 Spanish Language, Level 1 Spanish Language, Level 2 History and Social Sciences American Government History of the United States I History of the United States II Human Growth and Development Introduction to Educational Psychology Introductory Psychology Introductory Sociology 63 56 57 63 62 59 59 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 64 69 59 67 56 68 50 59 50 60 50 63

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59 62 59 56

50 50 50 50

Exam Title

B-Level Recommendations

C-Level Recommendations

Business Principles of Macroeconomics Principles of Microeconomics Social Sciences and History Western Civilization I Western Civilization II Science and Mathematics Biology Calculus Chemistry College Algebra College Mathematics Natural Sciences Precalculus

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62 64 62 57 56

50 50 50 50 50

57 64 65 63 62 62 61

50 50 50 50 50 50 50

Principles of Accounting is no longer available to students.

²College Composition and College Composition Modular will be available to students on July 1, 2010. ³English Composition, English Composition with Essay, and Freshman College Composition will no longer be available to students after June 30, 2010.

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