Each year, the College Board invites faculty and academic administrators to come together for a weekend AP Symposium about Advanced Placement (AP) courses in their subject area. Participants can review recent updates to AP courses and exams, and learn more about the correlation between AP participation and other academic outcomes. While topics may change from year to year, based on the subject area(s) covered, symposium attendees:
- Learn how AP courses have changed to reflect higher ed expectations for outcomes in introductory courses in aligned subject areas.
- Examine their institution’s data on incoming AP students in the context of data about AP exam performance for all test-takers.
- Discuss how data-based conversations about AP with colleagues can be part of larger efforts to improve and increase enrollments in those subject areas.
The AP Symposium generally follows the schedule below:
Welcome Reception: 6–9 p.m.
Symposium Sessions: 8–5 p.m.
Networking Dinner: 6–8 p.m.
Symposium Sessions: 8–3 p.m.
For the past several years, more than 500 higher education faculty have participated in these events. Past subject areas include:
- World Languages (French, German, Italian, and Spanish)–2018
- Government & Politics–2017
- US History, European History, and World History–2016
- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics–2015