Ivy League School Dumps AP Credits

Dartmouth College faculty recently voted to end offering students credit for high scores on the Advanced Placement exam, along with several other pre-college placement exams.

High school students hoping to earn college credits through Advanced Placement exams soon will be out of luck at Ivy League school Dartmouth College, according to the Huffington Post.

The Ivy League school currently awards credit in some academic subjects for qualifying scores on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-level exams (a British qualification exam). But Dartmouth admissions officials say the practice of awarding credit will end, starting with the class of 2018.

"The concern that we have is that increasingly, AP has been seen as equivalent to a college-level course, and it really isn't, in our opinion," said Hakan Tell, a classics professor and chairman of the college's Committee on Instruction. The faculty recently voted to end awarding credit in exchange for high scores on AP tests after nearly a decade of discussion.

A spokeswoman for the College Board, which runs the AP program, declined to comment specifically on Dartmouth's decision because the college has not notified the company of its policy changes.

Do you think this decision to end credits for a high score on the AP test is fair? Could this be the start of a trend? What is your opinion of the AP exam? Tell us in the comments.

Mary L. Ballard, MD January 20, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I believe we had AP classes when I went to college, back in the stone age. I did not take them because I did not want to work that hard in my senior year and I did not want to miss out on taking classes in college from established University professors. My son took AP classes at Enumclaw High School, mostly to improve his skills in preparation for college next year. You think I can write, you should see his stuff!
Edward A. January 20, 2013 at 09:36 PM
He admits he is a troll. He openly acknowledges his goal is to "tweak" people. That is what trolls do. Perhaps calling him "merely" a troll is abusive, so I apologize for that. He is a troll, but he might be other things too :)
Edward A. January 20, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Dexterjibs, you presume far too much -- you haven't gotten under my skin. I was simply observing that your goal seems to be to provoke others without making substantive arguments. And I will have a nice day.
Edward A. January 20, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Also, check out dexterjib's comment history if you want to see what abusive behavior is. "Trent is a very delicate, sensitive guy. I am surprised he is married to a lady." "You again, Joe H, geez you are like a little gnat" "Sounds like you are a sensitive little guy, Trent, so i want call you names." "Sorry Joe, i am not a gullible fool like you." ...ad nauseum. It irritates me that I got a public warning for calling an obvious troll a troll, while the troll gets a pass.
Kendall Watson January 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Fair enough, Edward. Dexterjibs' comments have disappeared from time to time, and you have observed the reason why. We often give no warning for folks like that. I am also aware of what a "troll" is in online parlance, thanks.


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