David Conley, PhD, Charis McGaughy, PhD, Whitney Davis-Molin, Rachel Farkas and Erin Fukuda—The Education Policy Improvement Center
This three-phase study explored the impact of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) on college readiness by examining the academic and non-academic preparation of DP graduates in the United States. The study examined both DP and non-DP graduates at the University of Oregon’s Honors College. Although analysis detected no differences in grade point averages between groups, former DP students were more likely to persist and to complete college. The qualitative data suggested that students who participated in the DP during high school were more academically adjusted to the rigour and expectations of college courses once they arrived on campus. DP graduates also highlighted a number of skills gained through participation in the DP that helped them in college, such as time management, critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills. On the whole, former DP students indicated they held the DP in high regard and would recommend it to their fellow students.