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The AP | Cambridge Capstone™ Pilot Program

To better equip high school students with the knowledge and skills that are increasingly valued by colleges, the AP Program and Cambridge International Examinations developed the AP | Cambridge Capstone pilot program. Designed in response to feedback from higher education organizations, the pilot program, which concludes after the 2014 – 15 academic year, aims to help students develop stronger backgrounds in independent research, collaborative teamwork, and 21st-century knowledge and skills. The AP | Cambridge Capstone Pilot Program and Credential combines the in-depth subject-matter study offered through AP courses and exams with the interdisciplinary global seminar curricula and assessment of research projects and presentations offered by Cambridge International Examinations.

The pilot program includes three elements:

  1. The AP | Cambridge Interdisciplinary Investigations and Critical Reasoning Seminar, offered to 11th-graders, focuses on developing inquiry skills — through writing, researching and team projects — by exploring specific topics of global relevance. Topics are selected by individual schools and are drawn from a list that includes such subjects. Students in the seminar course are assessed through a written exam, a presentation, and a team project.
  2. The AP | Cambridge Capstone Research Project, offered to 12th-graders, is an independent mentored project culminating in a 4,500- to 5,000-word academic paper. It enables students to develop practical skills in research methodology and in managing a sustained piece of academic work. Students are evaluated on their ability to design, plan and manage a research project; collect and analyze information; evaluate and make reasoned judgments; and communicate their findings and conclusions.
  3. AP | Cambridge Capstone Credential: Students who participate in the pilot program and earn passing scores in the seminar course and on the research project as well as scores of 3 or higher on a minimum of three AP Exams will receive the AP | Cambridge Capstone Credential, demonstrating their proficiency in college-level subject knowledge, as well as research, communication, and collaborative skills.

Download the statement of support for the pilot program from colleges and universities. Colleges and universities that have conveyed support for the pilot include:

List of Schools

  • Adelphi University
  • Amherst College
  • Arcadia University
  • Bethel University (TN)
  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • Boston University
  • Bowie State University
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Clemson University
  • Coe College
  • College of William & Mary
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia University, Nebraska
  • Davidson College
  • Drew University
  • Duke University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • The George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Gettysburg College
  • Harvard University
  • Hofstra University
  • Jacksonville University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lynn University
  • Marist College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Meredith College
  • Millersville University
  • Monmouth University
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pitzer College
  • Purdue University
  • Radford University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Salem College
  • Salisbury University
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Edwards University
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Stetson University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University - College Station
  • Texas A&M International University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State University - San Marcos
  • Towson University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • Tulane University
  • Union College (KY)
  • University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • University of New Mexico at Albuquerque
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • University of North Florida
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Thomas (TX)
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Widener University
  • Yale University

 

Additional Statements

 

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia values the rigor of curriculum in preparing students for college. The new AP Cambridge Capstone Program will combine an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving resulting in students who have the skills to critically question information and who are well prepared for success in our global society. Students who have successfully completed the Capstone Credential are poised to achieve success at a research university that values leadership and inquisitive minds. We look forward to evaluating their applications.