A department that wishes to propose placement testing for one or more of their courses must first obtain approval from their dean. The proposal, along with the dean's approval, will then be submitted to the Senate Committee on Admissions and Standards for final action.
Several departments are considering placement testing. For example, high failure rates in introductory courses in Math, English, and Foreign Language may indicate that some form of placement testing is necessary to ensure that students enter these courses at the proper level. This motion delegates the approval of placement testing programs from the full Senate to Admissions and Standards. While some University-level review of placement testing is needed, full Senate review seems too be an unnecessary complication. The approval of the Dean is required to insure that department's have the approval of their college before seeking the approval of the University.