Huggins selected as AP reader for fifth time

Jun 18, 2009

Dr. Jim Huggins of Kettering University's Computer Science Dept. was once again selected to evaluate Advanced Placement exams, sponsored by the College Board.

Dr. Jim HugginsDr. Jim Huggins, an associate professor of Computer Science at Kettering University, recently joined with more than 10,000 university and high school teachers in the evaluation of more than 2.7 million Advanced Placement exams for the College Board.

Huggins evaluated computer science exams at the Duke Energy Convention Centerin Cincinnati, Ohio. Other subjects read at this location included Italian and Spanish languages, Spanish Literature and Studio Art. In addition, the 2009 AP Reading of tests in different disciplines also took place at Colorado State University, the Daytona Beach Ocean Center, the Kentucky International Convention Center, the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and the Kansas City Convention Center.

Each year, the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take college-level courses and examinations. Based on their exam performance, these students can earn credit or advanced placement when they enter college.

According to the AP, college professors and high school teachers evaluated exams from more than 37 AP courses. These professors and teachers represent some of the finest academic institutions in the world. In addition, these individuals represent some of the best high school and college educators in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

The AP Reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and strongly encouraged.

“The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” explained Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement Program at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Jim Huggins,” he added.

This is Huggins fifth time serving as an evaluator for the AP Program. “Working at the AP reading is an annual highlight for me.  It is amazing to work together with a group of highly dedicated high school and college instructors, all of whom care passionately about teaching the next generation of computing professionals,” he said, adding “I look forward to this opportunity every year and am thrilled to be able to serve again as a reader this year.”

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns. To learn more about the AP Program sponsored by the College Board, visit