Minnesota West Policies

Chapter 3 - Educational

3.3.1 Assessment/Placement


Minnesota West is committed to institutional improvements and assisting all students in realizing their potential. For this reason, student assessment is part of the college's educational program.  Students participate in a series of assessment tests and surveys designed to assist college personnel in accurate advisement and course placement and to gather information on student satisfaction with college programs and services.

New students are required to complete an assessment of their basic skills to enable better judgments of readiness to function effectively within college level curriculum. Mandatory placement in reading, English and math courses is based on the assessment scores.  The Accuplacer instrument is used for assessment but ACT scores can be also used as assessment standards.

Minnesota West has developed guidelines that exempt some students from all or portions of the assessment based on previous education or enrollment status.

See MnSCU Policy 3.3


Approved by: Ron Wood, President

Date: July 1, 2003
History & Revision:
Editorial Changes: Changed CAPP to Accuplacer. July 26, 2004.
Added ACT scores accepted, April 8, 2009