In a recent move to enhance accessibility to higher education, Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) has expanded its admission pathways by accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as a valid entrance examination for college admission and college readiness.
This decision, aimed at widening access to higher education, is particularly beneficial for the region’s dual enrollment students, those transitioning from private schools, and homeschooled students. The inclusion of the CLT as an alternative to the more traditional SAT or ACT reflects NWFSC’s commitment to embracing diverse skill and preparedness evaluations for its students’ academic journeys.
While the SAT, ACT, and CLT all assess English, grammar, and mathematical skills, the CLT distinguishes itself by grounding its evaluations in foundational readings from the Western Canon or Great Books curriculum. The CLT aims to restore a vision of education that connects knowledge with virtue, providing students with inspiration and enrichment as they pursue their life’s goals.
Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of NWFSC, expressed optimism about the CLT becoming widely adopted across the school districts in the region, stating, “Embracing the CLT reflects our commitment to incorporating diverse skill and preparedness evaluations that aid our students’ academic journeys.”
Dr. Henry Mack, Vice President for Academic Affairs, emphasized the alignment of this move with the historical mission of education in the United States — to cultivate virtuous citizens. He stated, “The legislature and Governor’s leadership in introducing a more classically oriented alternative assessment is a beautiful thing.”
This development at NWFSC aligns with recent legislation and measures taken by the Florida Department of Education, making the CLT eligible for Bright Futures scholarship funding. Additionally, the CLT now satisfies high school graduation requirements for ELA and mathematics assessments.
The recognition of the CLT by NWFSC demonstrates a broader shift in acknowledging diverse educational approaches and a commitment to fostering intellectual and moral formation in students. As the college continues to adapt to changing educational landscapes, it remains at the forefront of providing innovative and inclusive pathways for students seeking higher education.