Reminder
Reminder
March 2014

The AP Course Audit will begin accepting submissions for new courses offered in the 2014-15 school year. School administrators can begin finalizing Course Audit forms for new courses and for those recently transferred to their schools by new teachers.

If your school's students take AP® courses through an online or distance learning course provider, such as a virtual school, those courses may only be listed as AP courses on students’ transcripts if those providers have qualified through the AP Course Audit to label their courses “AP.”

Like AP courses offered at brick-and-mortar schools, online or distance learning AP courses will be reviewed through the AP Course Audit process. Instructions for online and distance learning providers submitting materials appear below. Online or distance learning AP course providers who have not already participated in the AP Course Audit should create an account at the Course Audit home page by clicking “Get Started/Create an Account,” then selecting “Online/Distance Learning Provider.” While it’s the responsibility of the online providers to submit materials to the AP Course Audit to be reviewed for authorization, it is that school’s responsibility to ensure that the AP courses listed on students’ transcripts, in course catalogs, and on the school's Web site are authorized and annually renewed through the AP Course Audit process. The use of the AP designation in conjunction with courses offered by online/distance learning providers that have not been authorized through the AP Course Audit is a violation of trademark usage guidelines. 

To list online or distance learning AP courses as part of your school’s official AP offerings each academic year, your school will be able to select the authorized online or distance learning courses offered to your students through the AP Course Audit Web site. These courses will then be included in your school’s profile in the ledger of authorized AP courses made available annually in November.

Online/Distance Learning Course Inclusion in AP Course Ledger

The AP Course Ledger serves as an official record of accredited institutions authorized to use the AP designation on secondary school transcripts. For non-accredited organizations, eligible AP courses selected by an accredited institution from their AP Course Audit account will be listed in the AP course ledger along with the organization’s name. Courses not selected by an accredited institution will not appear in the AP course ledger.

Use of College Board Trademarks

When referring to or using College Board trademarks, including the AP descriptor, in print or electronic material, all third parties must comply with the Guidelines for Use of College Board Trademarks.

Instructions for Selecting an Online or Distance Learning Provider
Online or Distance Learning Providers Offering AP Courses
Virtual School Partnerships and Content Providers

Instructions for Selecting an Online or Distance Learning Provider

Through the AP Course Audit Web site, AP Course Audit administrators are able to select the authorized online/distance learning courses your school offers to its students each academic year. To do so, AP Course Audit administrators should sign in to the AP Course Audit Web site, navigate to the “Add Online or Distance Learning Course” page, and select the authorized courses your school offers. These AP courses will then be included with your school’s other authorized courses in the AP course ledger. 

If your chosen online/distance learning AP course provider does not appear on this list, it could mean that the provider has not yet submitted its course materials, or that the materials are still under review. Contact your online or distance learning provider for more information. You can also encourage your provider to contact the AP Course Audit Helpline directly if it has not already done so by calling 877-APHELP-0 (274-3570).

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Online or Distance Learning Providers Offering AP Courses

The College Board recognizes the important service that online and distance learning providers provide to students and schools, and the AP Course Audit represents an opportunity to promote much greater awareness of these organizations’ AP courses. All online or distance learning providers that wish to label their courses AP, and appear as authorized AP course providers, must participate in the AP Course Audit.

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Virtual School Partnerships and Content Providers

The College Board is aware of some virtual schools that license their content from other virtual schools. The decision as to whether or not the “licensee” of that content should participate in the AP Course Audit is entirely up to that virtual school. Your decision should depend on whether or not you wish your virtual school’s name to appear in the list of authorized course providers. Keep in mind that brick-and-mortar schools that wish to associate your courses with their school’s profile will be looking for your name in the list of authorized providers, and not, perhaps, the name of the virtual school from which you license content.

Online content providers, such as makers of virtual labs or curricular packages, cannot participate in the AP Course Audit. Such lab or curricular materials may subsequently be reviewed as part of an online or distance learning provider’s course, but stand-alone materials cannot be submitted to be evaluated as independent products. The AP Course Audit process is designed to review AP courses in their entirety, so only schools (whether brick-and-mortar or virtual) can submit course syllabi for review.

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News and Updates

Annual AP Course Renewals

Beginning in August of each academic year, AP Course Audit administrators are responsible for renewing previously authorized courses that will again be offered. Administrators can renew courses online from their AP Course Audit account.

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