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CLEP NOTES Issue 13 February 2011
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Planning for Orientation

As you plan for new student orientation in August and September, consider giving students an academic head start by including CLEP information in your offerings.

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  • Reward capable incoming students. By granting credit for CLEP exams, you can offer high-performing potential students an opportunity to move ahead quickly.
  • Increase access for other entering students. CLEP can open up seats in introductory-level courses for students who need that course work.
  • Start students off on the path to graduation. A recent study showed that students taking advantage of prior learning assessment (PLA) programs such as CLEP earned more institutional credits and graduated at higher rates than students who did not take PLAs.

Before orientation

  1. Encourage enrollment managers to share information about your CLEP policy while visiting high schools or hosting on-campus open houses.
  2. Include a copy of your institution's CLEP policy in the orientation or admissions mailing to admitted applicants.
  3. Make sure academic departments, academic support services and financial aid offices are aware of CLEP's benefits, so they can advise incoming students. Schedule meetings or presentations with staff members and distribute handouts.

During orientation

  1. Include CLEP information in your orientation packets. Order the free CLEP Take One brochure and other free CLEP publications.
  2. Download a free CLEP Microsoft Word template and create your own CLEP policy flyer.
  3. Order a free CLEP tabling kit and sponsor an exhibit at your orientation fair.
  4. If you have a test center, set up special testing times for students during orientation week.
  5. If you don't have a CLEP test center on campus, use the CLEP test center search to determine the location of the closest center. Include this information in new student orientation packets.
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CLEP publications for students have been updated and redesigned. Visit the CLEP downloads and ordering materials page to order free copies for distribution on your campus.

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CLEP in the News

CLEP has been featured in a number of news articles during the past few months. Here are some examples:

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"Looking ahead to college." A student reporter recommends using CLEP to prepare for college.

"Catonsville High in pilot program for students to earn associate degree." Catonsville High School includes CLEP in an initiative that allows students to simultaneously earn a high school and an associate degree.

"Operation CCAF Blitz targets technical sergeants." The education center at Moody Air Force Base encourages technical sergeants to use CLEP while earning their degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.

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