Tracie Matysik Honored for History Course
Posted: September 6, 2006
Assistant Professor of History Tracie Matysik's course, "Western Civilization in Modern Times," was identified as an example of best practices in a national study of European History courses conducted by the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) on behalf of the College Board. A total of 73 courses from across the nation were reviewed.
The study sought to identify best practices in college courses that could inform the redesign of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in European History. The goal of the redesign process is to ensure that AP courses reflect the best of college teaching. To identify best practices courses, CEPR assembled a panel of national experts to analyze top courses from a wide range of institutions. The panel reviewed the nominated courses and identified the critical components of best practices present in each course. The College Board then convened a commission in European History to develop new AP course descriptions, exam specifications and professional development guidelines for AP teachers. The commission, meeting over the current academic year, will utilize the study's findings as a key resource to fulfill its charge. The final result of the commission's work will be AP courses that closely reflect the best practices of college courses in European History.