The effect of the advanced placement examination for credit policy by the Florida State universities on the acceleration of a student's postsecondary education

Denise Agnes Cordova, Florida International University

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to determine if the Advanced Placement program as it is recognized by the universities in the Florida State University System (SUS) truly serves as an acceleration mechanism for those students who enter an SUS institution with passing AP scores. Despite mandates which attempt to control uniformity of policy, each public university in Florida determines which courses will be exempted and the number of credits they will grant for passing Advanced Placement courses.^ This is a descriptive study in which the AP policies of each of the SUS institutions were compared. Additionally, the college attendance and graduation data on members of a cohort of 593 Broward County high school graduates of the class of June, 1992 were compared. Approximately 28% of the cohort members entered university with passing Advanced Placement scores.^ The rate of early and on time graduation was significantly dependent on the Advanced Placement standing of the students in the cohort. Given the financial and human cost involved, it is recommended that all state universities bring their Advanced Placement policies into line with each other and implement a uniform Advanced Placement policy. It is also recommended that a follow-up study be conducted with a new cohort bound under the current 120 credit limitation for graduation. ^

Subject Area

Education, Tests and Measurements|Education, Curriculum and Instruction|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Denise Agnes Cordova, "The effect of the advanced placement examination for credit policy by the Florida State universities on the acceleration of a student's postsecondary education" (January 1, 1997). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI9807495.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI9807495

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