This week UNC-system leadership implemented a new policy that equalizes the AP credit guidelines for all 16 schools. Instead of each university creating their own standards for students to hit, high schoolers now just have to score a three on their exam, which will give them credit for the same classes across the system schools.
“Our new AP Credit Acceptance policy is vital to the UNC system’s ongoing work to put higher education within reach of every qualified North Carolinian,” said UNC system interim President William Roper in a press release. “This new policy will encourage more high school students across the state to get a head start on their college careers. It will make completing a UNC system education, at any one of our institutions, faster and more affordable.”
Taxpayers in North Carolina have been subsidizing N.C. high schoolers’ AP test costs for years — around $100 per test — and the Board of Governors made the change partly to increase return on the investment.
“Data shows that students from rural counties and those from families earning less than $60,000 per year could receive credit for up to 45 percent more courses than they did under current policy,” the release said.
North Carolina spent over $12 million on AP exams in 2016-17, and could’ve granted 40 percent more course credit with the new policy — 13,950 credits would’ve been awarded if all threes made the cut.