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We’re excited to announce that 2017 marks 50 years after the first CLEP exam administration. Although only four people showed up that day, the program has grown rapidly since then and has served more than seven million students to date!

CLEP 50th Anniversary Test Center Incentive

Thank you to all the test centers who participated and helped make CLEP’s 50th Anniversary Test Center Incentive a success! Over 100 test centers signed up, and on average, incentive test centers saw a 44% increase in CLEP testing! In addition, we received some amazing CLEP student success stories and creative CLEP promotions.

A special congratulations to the test centers that won for each category!

  • Most CLEP exams administered during the month of August:
    Alliance Computing Systems NYC
  • Administered the most CLEP exams to DANTES test takers:
    National University at Nellis Air Force Base
  • Highest Percentage Increase in Aug. 2017 vs. Aug. 2016:
    Pima Community College - Davis Monthan Air Force Base
  • Most creative CLEP Promotion:
    Nashville State Community College
  • Most unique CLEP student success story:
    Boise State University

The Winning CLEP Promotion

Nashville State Community College went above and beyond to promote CLEP in the month of August. The institution took advantage of CLEP initiatives such as Modern States’ free online courses and CLEP-A-Thons, and they also created their own signage and information packets to distribute to various departments on campus, as well as to local high schools. Below is a list of their August CLEP promotion ideas and accomplishments along with some photos.

  • Made over 800 packets with Modern States info & CLEP info to hand out to students after tests
  • Sent packets to New Student Orientation
  • Made CLEP signage and have signs hanging in the Testing Center and on campus to announce the test and promotions for the test
  • Sent flyer packets with CLEP information and Modern States Information to our local high schools (22 in this area)
  • Sent information to our Dual Enrollment and our Middle College on campus
  • Promoted a CLEP-A-THON and accepted walk-ins the whole month of August
  • Sent packets and information to our Registrar and the Vet Center on campus
  • Added a background question to Accuplacer "are you fluent in French, German or Spanish ". Added a placement rule that says "see your advisor or the Testing Center about CLEP "
  • Reached out to the names of students who scored a 2 on AP, and reached out via email to those students.
  • Printed large signs and placed in all buildings on campus and at all 5 satellite campuses.
  • Sent out emails to all students on campus and all students that have taken a CLEP with us.
  • Sent out information packets and emails to all institutions that have sent students to our center to take CLEP test.
  • A high school contacted us to allow a group of 10 students to test at one session.  They were all students that were not successful on the AP exam.  They did study prep then came to test at our center.
  • We successfully increased CLEP awareness on campus.
  • We successfully increased the amount of CLEP tests given on campus.
  • We successfully improved our marketing for this test.
  • We utilized the webmaster and campus social media accounts to post updates and informational flyers and reminders.

The Winning Student Story

Steven Jenkins and Sarahi Cordoza at Boise  State University

Steven Jenkins, Assistant Director, Concurrent Enrollment at Boise  State University (BSU), and Sarahi Cordoza, current CWI student and future student at BSU.

Since October 2015, Steven Jenkins, Assistant Director of Concurrent Enrollment at Boise State University, has sought out innovative ways to support southwest Idaho's Spanish speaking students in their endeavors to reach their academic and life goals.

The CLEP Initiative was created to increase post-secondary access to underserved high school students in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Beyond concurrent enrollment/dual credit, Boise State (BSU) and the College of Western Idaho (CWI) partnered to provide students with additional credit earning opportunities through prior learning assessments (PLAs) such as the CLEP Spanish Language exam. Students are transported to BSU in groups as small as 10 and as large as 86 to tour the campus, take the CLEP Spanish Language exam, and eat lunch at the university dining center. BSU's testing center has accommodated and supported these testing services.

The students are not charged to participate in the event, in fact, the state's Fast Forward program pays the fee for the exam, while BSU covers the tours and dining expenses. In addition, CWI will pay for the test center fee per student while the district reconciles transportation costs.

In total, 580 participants have obtained 6,824 Spanish college credits since October of 2015. CWI charges $139 per credit, thus saving these students $948,536. At BSU's $305 per credit part-time student fee, these students have saved $2,081,320.

To augment this success, there is one former high school dropout, who eventually graduated from an alternative high school in Caldwell, ID, who greatly benefitted from CLEP. A former Spanish CLEP Initiative participant, Sarahi Cardoza is about to graduate with her Associate degree from CWI and will be attending BSU in the spring of this year. She credits her scholastic success to the experience of acquiring college credit (16 Spanish credits) through the CLEP Spanish Language exam taken at the Boise State University testing center. She was not only able to expedite her education at CWI with these credits but shifted her mindset as a result of her academic accomplishment through the CLEP exam. In short, the CLEP exam offered a pathway to excellence for Sarahi and many others that have participated in the CLEP initiative with BSU and CWI. The accomplishment to celebrate consists of student success, secondary and post-secondary partnerships, and the utilization of the Spanish CLEP exam to assuage mitigating barriers to college.