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The South Carolina State Commission on Higher Education has voted on a credit-by-exam policy that allows students to receive college credit through Cambridge International AS & A Level examinations.
With this recent approval, South Carolina public colleges and universities will now award college credit to students earning an E grade or above. This policy change gives Cambridge International AS & A Level courses credit parity with other advanced courses offered to students.
College credits recognise that Cambridge students are already ahead in their undergraduate programme before they begin their college enrolment, meaning they can reduce the length and cost of their studies at university. Many institutions across the US offer college credit to students holding Cambridge International AS & A Levels.
'The recent decision to enable high school students in South Carolina to receive college credit through Cambridge International AS & A Level examinations expands students' access to college opportunities and creates a path for students to shape their future here in our state," said Dr. John Lane, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. 'We believe that as a student-centered programme, the Cambridge curriculum will further help the state of South Carolina prepare students for success and achievement upon graduation.'
The decision will be welcomed by Cambridge schools and students in South Carolina, as well as students taking Cambridge International AS & A Level courses across the US and world. Jason A. Holt, Ed.D., principal of Aiken High School in South Carolina said: 'Aiken County Public Schools now have 161 students enrolled in the Cambridge International programme. These students now have the ability to graduate with credit opportunities that they can use here in South Carolina. The decision to allow credit for Cambridge Advanced exams not only saves students money on tuition, but drives students to stay in South Carolina to build our communities and businesses here.'
Over the past decade, Cambridge Advanced exams in the US have grown by over 200%. More Cambridge Advanced coursework and exams are now taken in the US than in any other country, and Cambridge International partners with schools across 35 states and the District of Columbia.
'The decision made by the South Carolina State Commission on Higher Education has given all Cambridge high school students a pathway to earn college credits early and a chance to succeed in their college and career,' said Mark Cavone, Cambridge International Regional Director, North America. 'The Cambridge curriculum is producing well-rounded students that are prepared for South Carolina public institutions. Students are challenged and engaged across achievement levels, and Cambridge assessments and supports are designed to be accessible for all students.'