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CLEP NOTES Issue 15 July 2011
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California Community College System Endorses CLEP

The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges — the largest higher education system in the nation, with 112 colleges and nearly three million enrolled students — has endorsed a policy providing guidelines for the use of College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) exams as the basis for awarding general education credit.

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A similar policy was established by the California State University system in May 2010.

Read the California press release.

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Research Study: Graduation Rates Enhanced with CLEP

In April 2011, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning released research findings on prior learning assessment (PLA) programs like CLEP.

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The study proves that underserved students who earn credit through PLA have higher degree completion rates and shorter time to degree than non-PLA students.

Read more about the study.

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CLEP in the News

The CLEP program has received a great deal of attention in the news recently. Here are some examples:

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"Articulation Agreements and Prior Learning Assessments." The Center for American Progress suggests the CLEP program as a means of helping students achieve their educational goals.

"How to Solve Oklahoma's College Affordability Problem." The Edmond Sun mentions CLEP exams as an alternative credentialing system to help in lowering the amount students have to pay to continue their college education.

"Pay for College Without Selling a Kidney." The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the benefits of taking CLEP exams as a means of saving money on a college education.

"My Educational Journey: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?." Lt. Col. Billy D. Pruett, M.D., shares his personal story of success and mentions the CLEP exams as a way to help subsidize tuition costs.

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Advance Planning for Summer Orientation

We recognize today's difficult economic conditions and are happy to announce there will be NO fee increase for the CLEP exam in academic year 2011–2012. The CLEP exam fee will remain $77.

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CLEP continues to offer students and families an opportunity to advance their academic goals and aspirations while saving considerable money along the way.

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National College Testing Association (NCTA) Annual Conference

The 12th annual conference of the National College Testing Association will take place September 21–24 in San Diego. As platinum sponsor, the College Board is hosting an exclusive two-hour session for CLEP test center administrators to discuss program highlights and future initiatives.

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Register online. Once you are logged into the website, select 2011 Conference, then Sponsor Workshops. At the 1–3 p.m. College Board sessions, select Brett Miller to register for this session.

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