Colleges question dual enrollees' readiness

Many more high school students are earning college credits through dual-enrollment programs, but some colleges question whether they’re truly doing college-level work. More colleges also are refusing to give credit to students who’ve passed AP exams.

Also on Community College Spotlight: Fewer California community college students are transferring to the California State system, while more are choosing private and out-of-state colleges and universities. That’s much more expensive, but not if students factor in the time it will take to get the courses they need and complete a degree.

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  1. I just reviewed Yale’s credit awarding guidelines, and the lowest AP score they’ll accept is a 4 in things like foreign languages and music theory. In most other subjects they require a score of 5 or (4 or 5) for multiple credits. They’ll also take away credits if students enroll in lower level courses than what their AP score warrants if credit was granted.

    30 years ago, the lowest credit awarding AP score was a 3, with many credits awarded on the basis of 3’s and (4’s or 5’s).


  2. Jill Bell says:

    It’s not just that the schools think that AP standards are falling, it’s the fact that with the large number of AP courses out there, the universities are losing revenue. So many kids graduate high school nowadays and are able to enter college as sophomores because of AP credits. Raising the cutoff scores allows fewer students to bring in all of their credits, and forces them to pay tuition to retake the courses.

  3. When I went in with 23 AP credits 15 years ago, my University mostly accepted 4s and 5s. They also accepted them as equivalent to the lowest level of introductory coursework which meant that if you were a engineer or in the sciences, your physics, math, and chemistry AP credits did little but improve your class standing. I imagine it was the other way around with people studying in the humanities.