ERIC Number: ED339280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Course Placement Practices of American Postsecondary Institutions. ACT Research Report Series 90-10.
This report presents the results of a nationwide survey on the freshman placement practices of American colleges and universities. The report includes subgroup analyses by degree level, affiliation, size, region, and selectivity. Sources of information used for placement in English and mathematics are reported, including the most commonly found combinations of sources. Finally, changes made in placement practices over the past 5 years, and changes anticipated in the next 5 years, are reported, including results based on analyses when institutions were grouped according to the standardized test(s) they used for placement. The survey findings reveal that course placement is a complex, time-consuming process at many institutions. It is noted, however, that the extent and scope of local placement testing and the degree of change in placement practices were unexpected. Many institutions appear not to take full advantage of standardized tests in placement. Appendices provide the research objectives and questions, the survey instrument, and the results of subgroup analyses. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Education, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Standardized Tests, Student Placement, Undergraduate Study
ACT Research Report Series, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research Div.