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Updates on the Statewide Policies on Military Credit and CLEP Exams CLEP Regional Workshop – Collaborative Effort by the Ohio Transfer Council and the Ohio Board of Regents
Objectives • Provide background information about the two directives. • Share the feedback received during the public comment period. • Provide future plans for implementation.
Background • USO’s Commitment to the Ohio GI Promise • Transfer of Military Credit as One of the Priorities in the USO’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education (pp. 59) • Participation in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium
Background • Key Elements in the SOC Principles: a. Reasonable Transfer of Credit b. Credit for Military Training and Experience c. Credit for Nationally Recognized Testing Programs (DSST, CLEP, Excelsior, etc.) • Research on Ohio’s Status on Awarding of College Credit for Military Training/Experience/Coursework and Nationally Recognized Exams.
Background • Sharing of the Research Results with the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council • Educational Conference and Workshop • Drafting of Two Directives • Drafts of the Two Directives Introduced and Approved by the A&T Advisory Council
Background • Public Comments
Military Credit Policy • Strong Support for the Policy • Signed by the Chancellor on March 4, 2011
Military Credit Policy Key Points to Remember: • A Vast Number of Military Training/Experience/ Coursework Recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) • Ongoing Process for Implementation
Military Credit Policy • OBOR’s Roles: a. Educational Resources b. Alignment of Course Equivalencies in Certain Disciplines to Assure Consistency c. Assessment of Progress by Individual Institutions
Future Action Plan for the Military Credit Policy • Creation of a Faculty Advisory Group, Representatives from All University System of Ohio Institutions • Collaboration with Faculty and Others to Learn More about the Meaning of ACE Recommendations and the Statewide Policy • Up-Front Intelligence in Possible Disciplines for a Statewide Course Equivalency Alignment
Your Role in the Policy • Review Your Current Policy, Practice, and Information That is Available to Your Students (Online, Catalog). • Start Discussion with Your Faculty and Administrators about the Statewide Policy. 3. Forward Any Questions to the OBR.
Course of Action for the CLEP Policy • Learning More about the CLEP and the Proposed Policy by Collaborating with Faculty and Higher Education Professionals • Further Discussion with Faculty about Some of the Exams, Especially in the Areas of English and Humanities • Completion of the Course Alignment Recommendations and Presentation to the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council.
Useful Websites Ohio Board of Regents http://regents.ohio.gov/transfer/military-credit/index.php College Board http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/exams.html American Council on Education Military Programs http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ProgramsServices/MilitaryPrograms/index.htm
Contacts Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor Articulation and Transfer Ohio Board of Regents firstname.lastname@example.org (614) 466-3334 Hideo Tsuchida, Assistant Director of A & T Policy Articulation and Transfer Ohio Board of Regents email@example.com (614) 644-0642
Awarding of College Credit for Military Training/Experience/CourseworkPolicy • College credit will be granted to students with military training, experience, or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). • All public institutions of higher education in Ohio will use ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training, experience, and coursework.
Awarding of College Credit for Military Training/Experience/CourseworkPolicy • If the course to which the military training, experience, or coursework is equivalent fulfills a general education or major course or degree program requirement at the receiving institution, the credit should count towards graduation and meet a requirement accordingly. Otherwise, appropriate course credit including free elective course credit will be granted. • Each public institutions of higher education in Ohio will provide information on awarding of college credit for military training, experience, and coursework, which should include the number of credits awarded and the course equivalents.
Awarding of College Credit for Military Training/Experience/CourseworkPolicy • Credits earned via military training, experience, and coursework are transferable within public institutions of higher education in Ohio according to the state’s Transfer Module, Transfer Assurance Guides, Career-Technical Credit Transfer, and transfer policy.
Proposed CLEP Policy • College credit will be granted to students who earned 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). • The credit should count towards graduation and will meet a general education, pre-major/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.
Proposed CLEP Policy • 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. • 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.
Proposed CLEP Policy • 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.