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Rachelle Bernadel is the IB’s University Relations Administrator at the IB Global Centre in Bethesda, MD, USA. She is also an IB graduate of Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Maryland.

As admissions officers are gearing up for another cohort of college freshman, many are receiving larger numbers of IB graduates on their campuses. In the Americas alone, there were 34,651 candidates who sat for the exams in the May 2014 session. This is a 3,073 increase from last year. The rising numbers of IB students have enhanced the need for admissions personnel to be informed of the credentials candidates are bringing to the table. The IB is always evolving to meet the needs of the populations we work with and universities are an important part of the conversation. For this post I feel that it is a timely opportunity to provide an update on changes happening within the IB. Here is what you need to know:

Courses with first teaching of a new curriculum (2014-2015 SY): Courses with new May 2014 assessments:
Classical languages 
Business management 
Philosophy 
Biology 
Chemistry 
Design technology 
Physics 
Theatre 
Visual arts
Sports, health and exercise science 
Computer science 
Further mathematics 
Mathematical studies 
Mathematics

Courses no longer offered:

Language A1

Language A2

Further Mathematics SL

*Please note that the Language courses have been replaced with Language A: Literature, Language A: Language and Literature, and Literature and Performance SL

Courses to lookout for:

Global Politics (2015-2016 SY implementation)

For a comprehensive page of Developments please visit: http://www.ibo.org/diploma/development/

If you or any of your colleagues need updated curriculum guides or materials do not hesitate to reach out to me.

 

 

 

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