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Arizona State University was one of 12 universities represented at the University of Cambridge last month in an effort to provide additional information on Cambridge's qualifications and reputation in North America.
Kent Hopkins, ASU's vice president for enrollment services, was invited to England to represent ASU on the Cambridge International Examinations Higher Education Advisory Council USA. Hopkins works with a number of departments at ASU, including financial aid and scholarship services, university registrar services, and the international students and scholars center.
"I have the pleasure of advising Cambridge on trends, support and services that can be provided to U.S. colleges and universities," Hopkins said. "This assists the U.S. institutions in developing appropriate policies, credit, and placement and admission policies for Cambridge's International Examinations qualifications."
In addition to attempting to extend the school's qualifications, the Higher Education Advisory Council also discussed the latest news for its North America-based programs. Those programs have been offered in the United States since 1995.
"It's transforming the lives of underserved American students," Hopkins said. "They now have access to rigorous college-level work in high school."
More than 30 of those high schools that use the Cambridge curriculum are based in the state of Arizona, a number that includes the ASU Preparatory Academies.
"The state of Arizona has the second largest number of schools (by state) using the curriculum in the country," said Val Sismey, the Head of Recognitions for Cambridge's International Examinations. "ASU is the higher education destination of choice for many of our students, and having such a highly regarded university like ASU as part of our group is of great importance to us."