For Some Elite Colleges, It's Advanced Placement vs. Gen-Ed

When the College of William & Mary announced recently that it was adopting new general-education courses, it also made sure all of its students would take them.

That’s because students entering in the fall of 2015 will no longer receive credits for the Advanced Placement examinations that many high-achieving students take in high school and that would previously have satisfied the Virginia college's core requirements.

In doing so, William & Mary joined a small