SBU professors participate in AP program reading

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Five professors from Southwest Baptist University were selected to participate in the 2017 College Board Annual AP Reading in June at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Dr. Stephen Bowling, Meilani Conley, Dr. Tim DeClue, Dr. Baochuan Lu and Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick represented SBU and served as Advanced Placement readers at one of the four national reading sites.

Subjects evaluated/graded by SBU professors included:

  • Calculus – Bowling, professor of mathematics
  • Computer Science – DeClue, chair of the department of computer and information science and professor of computer science; Lu, associate professor of computer science; Conley, instructor of computer science
  • Statistics – Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology

“The best part of the AP Statistics reading, for me, is getting to meet teachers from across the country,” Kilpatrick said. “High school and college faculty learn from one another in collaborative professional development.” 

Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.

“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, AP and Instruction 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 Dr. Bowling, Dr. DeClue, Dr. Lu, Dr. Kilpatrick and Mrs. Conley.”

According to the College Board’s official press release, the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 38 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond.

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.

For more information about Advanced Placement credit at SBU, contact the Admissions Office at (417) 328-1810.