APS 8006 - Acceptance of Credit from International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs

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Policy Profile

Policy Title: Acceptance of Credit from International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs 
APS Number: 8006
APS Functional Area: Students
Effective: January 7, 2010
Approved by: President Bruce D. Benson
Responsible University Officer: Associate Vice President and Academic Affairs Officer
Responsible Office: Academic Affairs, Office of the President
Policy Contact: Academic Affairs, Office of the President
Supersedes: Acceptance of First-time Freshmen Students Who Have Successfully Completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – December 5, 2003
Last Reviewed/Updated: January 7, 2010
Applies to: International Baccalaureate Diploma Students

Policy Snapshot

Brief Description:  This policy details the standards for accepting credits from an International Baccalaureate Diploma program to the University of Colorado as required by HB 03-1108

Reason for Policy:  Provide compliance with CRS 23-1-113.2  (per HB 03-1108)

I. Introduction

In 2003, the Colorado legislature passed and the governor approved CRS 23-1-113.2 (per HB 03-1108) concerning a standard policy for accepting international baccalaureate diploma students in Colorado institutions of higher education. The legislation requires each governing board to establish policies to carry out the provisions of the bill. This administrative policy statement serves that function.

II. Policy Statement

Any student admitted to a University of Colorado campus after June 30, 2003, who has graduated from high school having successfully completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program will be granted 24 semester hours of college credit. No tuition will be charged for these credits. These credits will be granted, however, only if the student receives a score of 4 or better on the examinations administered as part of the IB diploma program. If the student scores less than 4 on any IB subject test, the credit hours granted shall be reduced accordingly.

Schools and colleges may grant credit for individual IB courses for which a student has received a minimum score of 4 on the exam, even if a student has not successfully completed an IB diploma program.

Each campus shall develop a matrix or list of the general education requirements or elective credits satisfied by specific IB courses.

III. History

  • Acceptance of First-time Freshmen Students Who Have Successfully Completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – December 5, 2003 (Initial Policy)
  • Revised and Renamed, January 7, 2010.

IV. Key Words

Foreign students