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Assessment for Course Placement Committee Overview

Committee Purpose:  The Assessment for Course Placement Committee (ACPC) is a standing committee which exists to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of Board Policy 3.3 Assessment for Course Placement.  It periodically reviews the policy and recommends needed changes or implementation strategies; reviews and makes recommendations for the designation of system-endorsed instruments; helps design and carry out a research-based process for establishing scores for course placement; advises on assessment-related research needs of the system; and helps plan and implement professional development activities.

Linkages to Strategic Plan:  The work of this committee supports Strategic Direction 1: Increase access, opportunity, and success. 

Consultation Process:  Committee recommendations shall be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, and then shall be disseminated to colleges, universities, and state faculty and student associations for comment.  The committee shall reconvene as needed to consider comments received and submit revised recommendations.  

Committee Members:
 The ACPC Committee shall be composed of the following members:

  • 6 Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) representatives (8 additional members may be added during years when the course placement instrument is selected or course placement scores are determined)
  • 3 Inter Faculty Organization(IFO) representatives (6 additional members may be added during years when the course placement instrument is selected  or course placement scores are determined)
  • 3 Minnesota State University Association of Administrative & Service Faculty (MSUAASF) representatives
  • 2 academic administrators
  • 2 student affairs administrators
  • 4 college or university testing/advising staff
  • 1 Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) representative
  • 1 Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) representative

Additional faculty and staff may be invited to participate as needed in working groups formed to complete specific tasks, such as identifying appropriate minimum scores in specific disciplines.

Committee Member Expectations:  Representatives will represent their organization or college/university on behalf of all organizational and/or campus stakeholders and assist in disseminating information relevant to the committee???s deliberations, recommendations, events, and tasks.  As a standing committee, its membership shall be rotating.

Meeting Times and Dates:  The ACPC committee shall typically meet three times per year, with meetings held more frequently during those years when instrument review/selection and minimum score setting processes are undertaken.  To the extent possible, meeting locations should vary and/or utilize alternative methods of delivery (i.e., teleconferencing) to minimize travel time.  Travel expenses for faculty and student association representatives will be paid by the system office.

Outcomes and Target Completion Dates:  Outcomes will include recommendations for:

  • System-endorsed instruments for college course placement
  • Amendments to policy 3.3 and related procedures
  • Minimum scores on system-endorsed instruments to guide placement into developmental and college-level courses
  • System assessment-related research
  • Faculty, staff, and administrator professional development on assessment-related topics

System Office Staff Support:  Pakou Yang, System Director of P-20.  This position reports to Toyia Younger, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.