Mississippi Creates New Opportunities to Earn College Credit
Mississippi Creates New Opportunities to Earn College CreditSara Sympson, Director of Communications at the College Board
Beginning in the 2019 fall academic term, students who have earned successful Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores of 3 or higher and enroll at one of Mississippi’s public universities or colleges will be assured college course credit. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and Mississippi Community College Board recently approved a systemwide policy so that all eight public universities and 15 public community and junior colleges in the state will grant 3 hours of college credit for minimum AP Exam scores of 3. They may provide up to 6 credit hours per exam for scores of 4 or 5, depending on the subject.
Mississippi is one of 26 states that have enacted statewide AP credit policies. More than 3,800 U.S. and international colleges and universities received AP scores from students in 2017.
“The College Board salutes Mississippi officials and educators for their leadership in making sure that students who’ve demonstrated their ability to master college-level coursework will be able to earn college credits for their successful academic achievement," said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction.
In addition, beginning in 2022 freshmen entering Mississippi’s public universities who’ve earned an academic or distinguished academic diploma from the state’s public school districts will receive automatic enrollment into any of the state’s public universities and will be placed in credit-bearing courses.
“We want to ensure that every student that enters one of our universities finishes with a diploma in hand,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Both of these changes will allow students to get a good start on completing college while still in high school. I am pleased that we were able to partner with the Mississippi Department of Education to benefit Mississippi’s students.”
“We thank the IHL for recognizing that we are raising the bar for academic achievement in Mississippi and for, most importantly, recognizing those students who go above and beyond to prepare themselves for the rigors of college study,” added Dr. Carey Wright, State Superintendent of Education.
More information will be shared with Mississippi high schools in the coming months, and AP students are encouraged to send their AP Exam scores to the institutions to which they plan to enroll. You can read more about Mississippi’s new policies here.