In the latest issue of Liberal Education, the magazine of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Neil H. Donahue examines why the international baccalaureate (IB) diploma program has not been awarded college credit in the U.S. in the way that Advanced Placement (AP) has.
The IB curriculum is rigorous and produces students who are very well prepared for college-level work. Despite data that shows that the first-year retention of IB students in US higher education is 98 percent versus the national average of 77 percent, and that IB students are twice as likely to finish college in four years, Dr. Donahue writes that “the IB diploma remains for many individuals and institutions in the United States an unfamiliar currency with an uncertain value—to the detriment of IB students entering college in the United States, whether they are American or international students.”
He argues that more American colleges and universities need to recognize that IB is a trend that’s gaining momentum and they should review their policies to make sure students with IB scores receive credit that is on par with AP courses – particularly to show “commitment to high standards and global learning” as part of an international educational community.
Dr. Donahue was also recently in Japan for a prestigious Fulbright seminar, where he received a systematic overview of Japanese higher education, ate sushi in the morning and explored opportunities for exchanges and study partnerships between Hofstra and universities there.