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ERIC Number: ED167599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of the College Level Examination Program: A Four-Year Study.
Legg, Sue M.; Webb, Jeaninne N.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) had a substantial impact upon the Florida State University System. Over 42% of the beginning freshmen in 1972 took CLEP examinations and over 38% received credit for passing one or more examinations with a score above the national 50th percentile. These freshmen received an average of 27 quarter-hours credit. A comparison was made of a group of 870 students who had taken CLEP and a group of 424 other students matched according to Florida Twelfth Grade Test scores. The two groups were found to have similar grade point averages and to have carried the same number of credit hours, but 66 students (15%) of the CLEP group graduated in 3 years whereas only one of the other group had. Also, a larger percent of the other group withdrew before graduation. Students who received credit for CLEP were less likely to experience academic difficulties then were those who took CLEP examinations but did not receive credit. The author concluded that the 50th percentile was a liberal cutoff score for University of Florida students; the CLEP examinations identified a group of highly motivated students; and CLEP credit alone did not insure an accelerated graduation date. (Author/CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville, Office of Instructional Resources.
Identifiers: College Level Examination Program; Florida
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