NEW YORK — The College Board has launched a website designed to inform college and university faculty, admission officers, and higher education system administrators about the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).
“This site was developed in response to specific feedback from college faculty and administrators who expressed the need for a one-stop online destination offering key information about the AP Program,” said Ariel Foster, executive director for AP College and University Services at the College Board.
Highlights of the AP higher education website include:
- Updates on the AP course and exam redesign and how it will impact college educators;
- Details about the AP | Cambridge Capstone™ Program, a new program that will be piloted in 15 schools in fall 2012;
- The latest research on how AP impacts students success in college;
- Details about the role of college faculty in every aspect of AP, with information about how to get involved;
- Guidelines for colleges on how to implement an AP credit and placement policy;
- Information on how colleges can receive their own AP data; and
- An overview of each of the 34 AP courses and exams, with links to in-depth course descriptions, sample syllabi and sample AP Exam questions.
Visitors to the new website can also sign up to receive the AP Higher Education News newsletter, a quarterly email update featuring AP Program developments and information about new resources, research, case studies and more.
About the Advanced Placement Program®
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies — with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both — while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn tothink critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue — skills that prepare them for college and beyond.Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by faculty from some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores — more than 3,600 institutions worldwide annually receive AP scores. In the last decade, participation in the AP Program has more than doubled and graduates succeeding on AP Exams have nearly doubled. In May 2011, nearly two million students representing more than 18,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.4 million AP Exams.
About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
Deborah Davis The College Board 212-713-8052 email@example.com