AP Research and the Arts: Evaluating a New Approach to College Preparation

  • Ivonne Chand O’Neal
  • Serena Magrogan
  • Lynnette Overby
  • Greg Taylor


The College Board’s AP Capstone Program (consisting of AP Research and its prerequisite course, AP Seminar) was developed in response to an urgent need identified by the higher education community: students entering colleges and universities were not prepared with research and writing skills to succeed in college. Recognizing the ever-growing centrality of creative problem solving, innovation, and aesthetic discourse in multiple disciplines, this evidence-based program teaches high school juniors and seniors to explore creative and critical avenues of research in the arts among other domains, evaluate source material, synthesize information, undertake a research project with sustained focus over one year, and communicate and defend their work. This chapter describes a multi-method program evaluation, examining data from students, teachers, and school administrators.


College readiness College preparation Arts research College Board Academic success 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivonne Chand O’Neal
    • 1
  • Serena Magrogan
    • 2
  • Lynnette Overby
    • 3
  • Greg Taylor
    • 4
  1. 1.MUSE Research, LLCKensingtonUSA
  2. 2.The College BoardDuluthUSA
  3. 3.University of DelawareNewarkUSA
  4. 4.Purchase College, SUNYPurchaseUSA

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