College Board Set to Unveil Changes to AP Biology Courses

January 29, 2011

On February 1, the College Board is scheduled to release major revisions to the AP Biology courses; however, changes to the AP U.S. History courses are being delayed for another year in order to garner more support from high school teachers. The Biology course changes will take effect in 2012-13, while the U.S. History course changes are scheduled for 2013-14. The AP program has grown in recent years, and now includes 1.8 million students who sat for 3.2 million tests in 2010. The changes to the course curricula seek to address criticisms that they overwhelm students with facts; the Board intends to overhaul all of its science, history and language courses over the next several years. While this has proven somewhat easier with the Biology courses, it has been more difficult in the U.S. History course, where facts and chronology are vital to an overall understanding of the subject. While 85% of those high school history teachers surveyed approved of the new history curriculum, the Board is going to give it another try in order to get at least a 90% approval level.

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


Did You Know?

Looking to apply Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED) to college this year? Many high school guidance counselors require students to provide their completed application two weeks prior to the deadline. This allows the guidance counselor enough time to complete the school forms and submit them in a timely manner. For the unprepared student this can be quite a shock. Suddenly that November 15 deadline becomes November 1. The best way to reduce your stress level is to ask your guidance office what they need and when they need it. Less surprise equals a smoother process for you and your guidance counselor.



Way Back When College Was a Buyer’s Market

March 31, 2011

Oh to be interested in attending Harvard University in the late 1860s. Harvard and other schools like Vassar and Columbia actually advertised for students in newspapers, and any required frehman entrance exams could be taken on the weekend prior to the start of classes. How… Read More>>

Ni Hao! – NYU to open Shanghai campus

March 27, 2011

New York University announced plans to establish a degree-granting campus in Shanghai. NYU's president was expected to sign an agreement on March 28 with Chinese officials to seal the deal. This move signals a continuing trend for American universities. NYU already has a degree-granting campus… Read More>>



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