All Access – News for Members
Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District and College Board Trustee reflects on the challenges and successes of expanding college access and opportunies for students in his district. He discusses the district's new EMERGE program:
From May 1 to May 8, the College Board encouraged students who would be attending college for the first time to share fun videos announcing their college decision on Instagram and Vine with #Collegiance. The result was about 100 exciting and creative videos from students across the country who wanted to pledge their #collegiance to their future college or university. Find out who the winners are!
Even though Garie Cleveland is in her sixties and just received her associate’s degree in criminal justice, she still longs to be a judge.
“I know that means I have to go to law school but I believe people should go after what they really want,” she says. “I want something out of life!”
Every year by May 1, thousands of high school seniors make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives: where they will go to college. “Decision Day” as it is often referred to, is an important day not only for the thousands of students deciding where to attend college, but also for our K-12 members who have supported these students on their way to college and our higher education members who get to welcome these students to their institutions.
Tomeka Hart, a member of the inaugural cohort of the College Board’s Professional Fellowship Program, has been an active member of the education community in her hometown of Memphis for over eight years. From working with Teach for America as a vice president of African American community partnerships to serving as the commissioner of the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools Board of Education, Ms. Hart has been a strong advocate for expanding educational opportunities for all students.
Growing up in the West Indies, Jermaine Wright was unaware of the ways race can hamper social mobility.
“In Jamaica, race as a social construct had no bearing as we were all Jamaicans,” Wright explained. “Class, on the other hand, determined how one would be treated and the opportunities you were afforded. In the Jamaican system of inequality, an increase in income signaled a change in status.” But once his family moved to the United States, Wright began to understand just how significant an impediment race can be to improving one’s life.
On Tuesday, March 9, students and teachers from across New York state met with legislators in the state capitol of Albany to highlight the college, career, and financial benefits of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). They discussed with the legislators how taking challenging course work in high school is a vital component in helping students transition to college and beyond, and how the AP Program provides New York students with opportunities to deeply explore their interests while building the skills they need for the future.