Technical correction 01/04/19
Policy on Awarding Undergraduate Credit on the Basis of Advanced Course
I. Purpose. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-174.26 (hereinafter
G.S.), establishes the intent of the state to enhance accessibility and
encourage students to complete rigorous advanced courses at the secondary
level. The state has defined advanced courses as Advanced Placement (AP),
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme,
and Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level and Cambridge
International Advanced (A) Level. Students enrolled in North Carolina public
schools are exempt from paying any fees for the administration or registration
of examinations for these Advanced Courses. With this substantial
support from the state of North Carolina, students in the state’s high schools
have the opportunity to earn credit toward a postsecondary degree via AP, IB,
and Cambridge A Level and AS Level examinations.
It is therefore in the
best interest of North Carolina’s students that the University of North
Carolina’s (UNC) System constituent institutions award undergraduate credit on
the basis of Advanced Course examination scores in a uniform manner, and that
potential students and their families receive clear and consistent information
regarding this awarding of undergraduate credit. Furthermore, it is in the best
interest of students and the state that UNC System undergraduate students who
prove that they have completed college-level work via one of these state-supported
Advanced Course examinations receive credit so that they might complete a
degree in a timelier manner.
Accordingly, the constituent institutions shall adopt
policies governing the awarding of undergraduate credit on the basis of
Advanced Course examination scores not inconsistent with this policy.
Credit for Advanced Course Examination Scores. UNC System constituent institutions shall
award appropriate credit to undergraduates who have earned a Qualified Advanced
Course Examination Score, as defined in the Regulation on Awarding
Undergraduate Credit on the Basis of Advanced
Course Examination Scores, Section 700.10.1[R] of the UNC Policy Manual. Any exceptions to this policy must be
approved by the institution’s board of trustees in accordance with the guidance
described in Section 700.10.1[R] of the UNC Policy Manual.
on Exceptions Granted. An institution
must report any exceptions granted by its board of trustees, and the reasons
and evidence for those exceptions, to the president annually no later than July
to Other Credit Programs. The purpose of this policy is to provide a standard
minimum consideration of college credit for Advanced Courses, as defined by G.S.
115C-174.26. This policy does not preclude UNC System constituent institutions
from electing to award additional college credit for other scores on the AP,
IB, Cambridge A-Level, or Cambridge AS-Level exams, or for acceptable
performance in other programs as identified by the constituent institution.
V. Other Matters
Effective Date. The
requirements of this policy with regard to AP examinations shall be effective
as of the 2019-20 academic year and thereafter; the requirements of this policy
with regard to IB and Cambridge AS-Level and A-Level examinations shall be
effective as of the 2020-21 academic year and thereafter. Requirements are
stipulated further in Section 700.10.1[R] of the UNC Policy Manual.
Relation to Federal
and State Laws. The foregoing policy as adopted by the Board of Governors is
meant to supplement, and does not purport to supplant or modify, those
statutory enactments which may govern or relate to the subject matter of this policy.
Guidelines. This policy shall be implemented and applied in accordance with
such regulations and guidelines as may be adopted from time to time by the