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Placement Changes for Spring 2017 and Beyond

In the past year and a half there have been a number of changes that have spurred the Student Success Center, Advising Center, Communications Department, Math Department, and the Office of Research, Planning and Effectiveness to rethink our processes surrounding student placement. These areas along with Admissions, Records and Registration, and Systems and Lan Management have developed and implemented a new placement plan effective for spring 2017 enrollment.

The Math Department will:

  • Continue to accept ACT scores for placement
  • Begin accepting SAT scores for placement
  • Begin using the Accuplacer test for placement
    • Accuplacer is a web-based, adaptive test that will assess a student’s ability in elementary algebra and college level math.Students can take the test on campus, at another Accuplacer school, or remotely through online proctoring
  • Continue to accept Compass scores for 5 years after the test date. No new Compass tests will be administered after Nov. 30, 2016

The Communications Department will:

  • Continue using ACT scores for placement
  • Begin accepting SAT scores for placement  
  • Begin accepting cumulative high school GPA for placement
    • Students must have three semesters of high school gpa data for placement
  • Begin accepting GED scores for placement
  • Offer a Self-Inventory + Writing Sample option for students who cannot be placed using the other measures
  • Place ESL students using the Accuplacer test and a writing sample
  • Continue to accept Compass scores until Jan. 24, 2017. No new Compass tests will be administered after Nov. 30, 2016

The Academic Study Transcript will continue to show a student’s placement in both English and math. Further details about placement procedures and qualifying scores can be found on the Math Placement Guide and English Placement Flowchart.  

Faculty advisors will receive additional information through advisor updates and training. Questions about placement can be directed to Ashley Darga in the Student Success Center.

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