Encourage students to achieve their college goals through CLEP. Follow best practices that can help you improve student retention and graduation rates and promote rigor in education. There is a campus model.
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Cedarville University in Ohio is making CLEP a success story for their students on campus as they help students save time, money and get one step closer to a college degree.
The new CLEP College Composition and College Composition Modular brochure emphasizes the two new exams that measure students' proficiency in writing and research skills, and encourages policy adoption and usage of these exams by educational institutions.
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To order free copies of this brochure and additional CLEP publications for distribution on your campus, visit the CLEP resource page.
The CLEP program has received more attention in the news recently. Here are some examples:
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"Five Ways to Cut the Cost of College." CNBC.com reports on the CLEP program as a means of lowering the cost of tuition and graduating ahead of schedule.
"College Planning for Parents and Children." This article mentions the CLEP program as an initiative that allows students to earn credits toward a college degree.
"Local churches offer range of education opportunities." Southwest Bible Institute's president suggests taking the CLEP exams to gain credit for the free classes they offer.
"My educational journey: Who needs more education?." Second Lieutenant Jeremy L. Griffin discusses how the CLEP exams helped him receive his associate degree.
"How to Return to College Years Later." Saycampuslife.com suggests taking CLEP exams as a way to assist the non-traditional student finish their education faster and cost-effectively.
As you begin the planning process for summer orientation, consider giving students an academic advantage by including CLEP information in your offerings.
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- Reward capable incoming students. By granting credit for CLEP exams, you can offer accomplished potential students an opportunity to advance in their academic track at a much faster rate.
- Increase access for other entering students. CLEP can open up seats in lower-division courses for students who need that course work.
- Help students move ahead on the road to graduation. A recent study (.pdf/2.98MB) by The Council for Adult & Experiential Learning shows that students who took advantage of prior learning assessment (PLA) programs like CLEP earned more institutional credits and graduated at higher rates than non-PLA students. Requires Adobe Reader; latest version recommended.
- Encourage enrollment managers to share information about your CLEP policy while visiting high schools. Suggest having open houses on campus.
- Include a copy of your institution's CLEP policy in the orientation/admission mailing to admitted applicants.
- Make sure academic departments, academic support services and financial aid offices are aware of CLEP's benefits so they can advise incoming students. Encourage them to schedule meetings or conduct presentations with staff and/or distribute materials.
- Include CLEP information in your orientation packets. Order the CLEP Take One brochure and other free CLEP publications.
- Download a free Microsoft Word template (.doc/148KB) and create your own CLEP policy flyer.
- Order a free CLEP tabling kit and sponsor an exhibit at your orientation fair.
- If you have a test center, set up special testing times for students during orientation week. Include your test center on campus tours and have it featured on your orientation website.
- If you do not have a CLEP test center on campus, use the test center search to find the location of the closest center. Include this information in new-student orientation packets.
CLEP will attend the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) 2011 Conference.
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