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200.23 - Awarding Undergraduate Credit on the Basis of Advanced Placement Exam Scores

University Group Policy #200.23

I.    Executive Summary

Winston-Salem State University acknowledges the UNC System Office Policy on Awarding Undergraduate Credit on the Basis of Advanced Placement Exams Scores.  In compliance with the regulations of the policy, WSSU adopts this policy consistent with the language in the UNC policy.  This policy is mandated by the UNC Board of Governors.

II.  Policy Statement

UNC System constituent institutions shall award appropriate credit to undergraduates who have earned a score of three or higher on one or more AP exams, as defined in the Regulation on Awarding Undergraduate Credit on the Basis of Advanced Placement Exam Scores, Section 700.10.1[R] of the UNC Policy Manual.

III.     Definitions

“Appropriate Credit.” A determined number of credit hours granted for a particular course or courses, aligned with the subject content and Academic Outcomes of the AP Exam score in question.

    1. After achieving a Qualified AP Exam Score, a student shall be awarded specified credit hours associated with an institution’s course(s) that is/are aligned with the subject content of the relevant AP Exam.
    2. In general, equivalents for Appropriate Credit for particular course(s) in a constituent institution’s course catalog (and/or other sources of information for students and potential students) shall be listed for AP Exam scores of three and above. The particular course(s) shall be listed as equivalent to a particular number of credit hours. These particular course(s) and credit hours shall contribute to a student’s progress toward an undergraduate degree.
“Qualified AP Exam Score.” A score of three or higher on an AP Exam, unless a constituent institution has been granted an exception whereby the institution may require a score higher than three.

IV.    Guidelines

Institutional AP standards, devised to comply with this policy and regulation, shall be documented and updated annually in institutional course catalogs, undergraduate student handbooks, and/or online resources for undergraduate students. Institutional AP standards shall likewise be documented and updated annually in online and/or printed resources for potential undergraduate students. Constituent institutions should likewise publicize their own policies or practices regarding AP Exam scores that may or may not be accepted on the basis of the age of those scores.      

V.     Applicability

The requirements of this policy and regulation shall affect first-time (or “freshman”) undergraduate students entering constituent institutions for the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year and thereafter. Other undergraduate students (including but not limited to transfer students, readmitted students, and upperclassmen) may benefit from the requirements of the policy and this regulation by electing into all standards documented in an institution’s catalog (and/or other sources of information for students and potential students) for the 2019-20 academic year or thereafter.

Although an institution is required by the policy to offer Appropriate Credit, a student may decline to accept the offered credit, audit the course aligned with the AP Exam in question, or enroll in the course aligned with the AP Exam in question, depending on institutional practice.

    1. Whenever possible, institutional academic advisors should inform eligible undergraduates of the above-described options available to them under the policy and this regulation, along with the potential benefits and disadvantages of those options.
    2. Institutions may choose to complement advice from academic advisors with a standardized communication to incoming students regarding AP standards and the potential benefits and disadvantages of the above-mentioned options.

VI.    Compliance

Initial reports regarding exceptions to the policy and/or discontinuances of awarding Appropriate Credit on the basis of Qualified AP Exam Scores, granted by institutional boards of trustees, shall be reported to the president by July 1, 2019. Subsequent reports of exceptions, discontinuances, and/or other alterations relative to this policy shall be reported to the president annually by July 1. Reports to the president shall include full documentation of Compelling Reasons considered by boards of trustees, along with documentation of the board’s approval, for each exception granted.  

Effective Date. The requirements of the policy and this regulation shall be effective as of the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year and thereafter


Responsible Division: Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs

Authority: Chancellor

History:

  • Adopted: February 11, 2019

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