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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU)

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

System Policy

When the policy was first adopted: 2006
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Uniform

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Vary: A system college or university may establish lower minimum score(s) for placement into introductory college-level mathematics courses other than College Algebra.

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Accuplacer, ACT
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays Other: Campuses may require additional measures.
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

MnSCU institutions will include the high school Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) in the course placement process as of the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 academic year.

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

The cut scores for college-level coursework were determined by the system. Individual campuses may determine local cut scores for placement into developmental courses. The college-ready benchmarks for the MCAs will also be determined by the system. ocal cut scores for placement into developmental courses. The college-ready benchmarks for the MCAs will also be determined by the system.

The placement process using these measures:

A student shall be exempted from taking the system-endorsed placement instrument (Accuplacer) based on subject area test scores on the ACT test taken within three years for reading and writing and two years for mathematics based on the following minimum scores:

  1. Reading. A student with a test score of 21 or higher will be placed in courses that designate college-level reading skills as a prerequisite.
  2. Writing. A student with a test score of 18 or higher will be placed in courses that designate college-level writing skills as a prerequisite.
  3. Mathematics. A student with a mathematics subject area test score of 22 or higher will be placed in College Algebra.
Multiple measures policy documents: