Westminster College Faculty Read for Advanced Placement Exams

Monday, July 9, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seven Westminster College professors participated in the annual reading of the College Board's advanced placement (AP) exams this summer. The professors were a part of a larger group of college professors and teachers from across the nation that gathered to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams.

"Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue - skills that prepare them for college and beyond," according to the College Board. "Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students."

Dr. Larry S. Miller, assistant professor, read for chemistry, as did Dr. Martha R. Kellner, associate professor. Dr. Jamie G. McMinn and Dr. Sandra K. Webster, associate professor and professor respectively, both read for psychology. Dr. Helen M. Boylan, associate professor of chemistry, read for environmental science; Dr. Carolyn K. Cuff, professor, read statistics; and Dr. Shannon I. Smithey, associate professor, read for U.S. government and politics.

Dr. Patricia G. Clark, associate professor, did not read this year, but instead is currently a world history consultant for the AP course audit. The audit is administered for the College Board by the Educational Policy Improvement Center in Oregon, and determines if secondary schools' submitted syllabi meet college-level criteria.

"The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and College Readiness at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like the ones at Westminster College."

Contact Alyssa Ludwiczak at (724) 946-7190 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.