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Multiple Measures for College Placement Workgroup

Purpose: Muliple measures reform seeks to provide a more holistic and individualized approach to the assessment of "college readiness." The College currently uses multiple measures in a limited manner and for a limited population of students.  The purpose of this workgroup is to make recommendations for a more robust system for multiple measures placement that reaches the entire student population.

Charter Sponsor: Vice President for Learning & Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs

Charter Contact: Guided Pathways Steering Committee

Timeline: Recommendations for rollout in Spring 2019 or until purpose has been fulfilled


Placement Testing (VPSA Appt) - David Yahnke (Standing)

Placement Testing (VPSA Appt) - Nicole Benton (Standing)

Admissions (VPSA Appt) - Kenny Morrison (Standing)

Advising (VPSA Appt) - Dawson McDermott (Standing)

EDLS Faculty (VPLAA Appt) - Gina St. Croix (Standing)

EDLS Faculty (VPLAA Appt) - Belinda Alvarado (Standing)

HUEN Faculty (VPLAA Appt) - Mike Faitell (Standing)

HUEN Faculty (VPLAA Appt) - Erin Severs (Standing)

MNSC Faculty (VPLAA Appt) - Russ Penner (Standing)

MNSC Faculty (VPLAA Appt) - Alex Haines-Stephan (Standing)


Research current best practices for college placement under the mulitple measures frameworkResearch
Analyze current mulitple measures placement practice at collegeAnalyze

Recommend a decision-making formula for a college-wide multiple measures placement. This formula should consider:

  • Unique populations, including but not limited to, returning adult learners, ESL, dual credit,etc.
  • High School GPA and individual course grades as a useful metric
  • What might "exempt" a student from taking a placement test
  • Holisitc, individualized approaches and non-cognitive factors


Make policy or personnel decisions

Guided Points:

  • Be creative
  • Keep an open mind and not get stuck on "how we've always done it"
  • Design for the most at risk student at the least opportune time
  • Involve other staff, faculty, and students by asking for their input
  • Keep the student experience at the forefront