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VP 71-2 Facilitation of Credit by Examination

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VP 71-2

The accompanying proposal which is intended to facilitate the earning of credit by examination has been reviewed by the Council of Academic Deans.

On their recommendation I am  distributing it for  the consideration of  the depart­mental faculties for implementation on an optional basis. It should be noted that those stipulations which are intended to protect faculty from additional overload (such as the prohibition of  tutorial or  conference assistance) require clear exposition to students interested in using departmental proposals and scrupulous observance if the objectives of the attached proposal are to be achieved.
Faculty who teach courses which might  be  offered on the basis of  this proposal should discuss  their interest,  if any,  with their department colleagues with a view to securing endorsement for  implementation via  department chairmen and school deans. Where it may still be  possible to  secure part-time assistance to  provide equivalent assigned time during this spring quarter for  purposes  of planning and  construction of examinations to be used at the end of the Fall 1971 Quarter or  later, my office will act as rapidly as possible to determine whether such additional assignments can be supported.

A proposal to encourage use of the policies and procedures for credit by examination is recommended to achieve the following objectives:  to enable a student capable of unsupervised work to progress toward his degree objective at hisown speed without impediments arising out of program restrictions resulting from budgetary exigencies; and to enable the institution to provide the service of evaluating such progress and reflecting it in termsof credit while continuing to generate resources for the conventional program at the maximum level.
Departments interested in implementing this proposal will need to consider appropriate evaluation instruments. At least four possibilities exist, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.       
(1) The examinations developed by the faculty for their regularly enrolled students may be used.            
(2) Departments
may wish to adopt the College Level Examination Program tests developed by the "Educational Testing Service" where available.  
(3) Departments may wish to develop a special set of examinations designed to test directly the student's mastery of concepts and skills basic to the objectives of certain courses with­ out special application to a certain body of data or experience. If plans to implement this proposal should require additional workload, i.e. research and development of tests, such workload might be recognized by assigned time during the spring quarter. In view of the proposed budget cuts we will have little capability to do this in the fall.
(4) Departments may wish to have an external agency develop or assist in developing one or more examinations for credit. Limited funds are available for this purpose.


Students who elect courses on credit by examination basis will be added to the class roster. In multiple section courses they will be added to lightly enrolled sections or, if all are full, to new ones. Students enrolled for credit by examination should not be permitted to occupy a seat in a class as auditors or given any assistance on a tutorial or conference basis. The only additional faculty workload which credit by examination should involve is in the preparation of the examination, if done locally, and in the evaluation of the results. The services of the testing center are to be available to assist departments for these purposes.
A. Departments which are prepared to offer specified courses for credit byexamination will publish information as to the objectives of the course, the scope and nature of the examinations, and times and places they are to
be administered.
B. Students seeking to earn credit by examination will enroll in the course for which they seek credit no earlier than the start of the drop-add period and no later than the end of the second week of the quarter during which the course is offered. i
C. At the time of registration for credit by examination, the student will indicate whether he wishes to be evaluated on a credit/no credit or conventional grading system. ii
D. Students who have elected credit/no credit evaluation will automatically either be given creditor "nocredit" depending upon the outcome.
E. Students who elect the conventional grading system and fail to demonstrate
adequate proficiency in the subject matter will be given a report of "no credit."

F. Students who elect the conventional grading system and earn a gradeof "D" or higher will be notified and given their choice of taking credit on that basis, or electing a ''nocredit'' report.

i. This may necessitate a change in procedure for some departments which have been administering challenge examinations and allowing students who have passed them to enroll for credit in the succeeding quarter. Thereason for not continuing this practice is that it does not generate resources for all students participating.
ii. This may necessitate a changein policyin respect to election of credit/no credit option in major courses, since it is in the major area that many students may wish to earn credit by examination.

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