The University of Illinois Placement and Proficiency System: Description and Results

Stallings, William M.; Aleamoni, Lawrence M.; Hell, D. K.
November 1972
Journal of Higher Education;Nov1972, Vol. 43 Issue 8, p610
Academic Journal
The article discusses the positive aspects of placement and proficiency testing with respect to the student and the instructor. It assesses the impact of any program on the university in terms of cost benefits. It defines placement as the assignment of personnel to different prediction dimension and a way to break the educational lockstep by assigning students to a cohort which would be homogeneous in terms of achievement in a given area. Examination and proficiency testing can introduce advantages in the higher education by allowing students to graduaye in less than the traditional 4 years, permitting students to obtain credit for knowledge acquired outside college classrooms, and giving alternate tracks for students to satisfy course and program requirements.


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