International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program
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Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, global world, requires critical thinking skills, an interdisciplinary education, and a sense of international-mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate Diploma Program students learn to know and understand.
IBO Video: "Education for a Better World"
IBO Video: "Experience the IB Diploma Program through the Reflections of Students"
"The IB Program is achieving one of its major objectives ... preparing all students for university ... with critical-thinking, problem-solving, research, writing and communication skills that are vital to success." (Educational Policy Improvement Center Study, 2009)
Compared with nationally representative samples of 12th grade students in the US, the Diploma Programs ample scored higher on 9 out of 10 items that tested their knowledge of US government structure, functioning and history. Additionally, interview data indicated that the DP strongly promotes students’ knowledge of public policy and understanding of effective advocacy techniques. (Saavedra, 2014)
The impact of the DP on academic and non-academic college readiness was investigated by examining DP and non-DP graduates at the University of Oregon’s Honors College in the United States. While researchers found no difference in college grade point averages between the two groups, DP graduates were significantly more likely to persist and to complete college than their non-DP counterparts. Qualitative data indicated that DP graduates were also better able to adjust to university coursework, specifically highlighting a number of skills gained through participation in the DP that were helpful in college, including critical thinking, time management and research skills. (Conley, McGaughy, Davis-Molin, Farkas and Fukuda, 2014)
A large-scale quantitative study investigated the higher education outcomes of DP students in the United States (2008–2014). DP students had high four-year (79%) and six-year university graduation rates (83% for DP students, compared to 56% nationally). (Bergeron, 2015)
Successful IB Diploma students point out without exception that their IB preparation gave them a powerful advantage over their colleagues from other programs.
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