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David Coleman hates fakery. That’s one of the first things he told the audience at his town hall discussion Wednesday afternoon at Forum 2015. He prefers to be honest, candid, forthright. And so, when he was asked about the subtle differences in administering the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 8/9, he answered honestly: “I don’t have a command over the last-minute proctoring guidelines,” and he did not want to “dishonor” the importance of these technical questions by providing incomplete or incorrect information.

Helping Community College Students Transfer and Attain a Bachelor’s Degree
Guest Blogger Kristen Capezza, Executive Director of University Admissions at Adelphi University, captures a discussion about transfer students, and the ability as leaders in admission to know this population well enough to help them succeed. Read Kristen's recap!
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and Chief of Police Cathy Lanier speak with David Coleman at College Board Forum 2015

If a standing ovation is a good way to kick off an event, Forum 2015 is shaping up to be a great conference. At Wednesday’s opening plenary luncheon, three powerful and influential D.C. leaders — who just happen to be women — sat down with College Board President David Coleman to talk about the strides their city has made, and continues to make, in educating its children and keeping them safe.


As a parent attending the Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid event at Forum 2015, here are a few findings in the report that caught my eye. 


Each year, our Trends in Higher Education series provide insights into trends in college pricing and financial aid. This year’s report, released today, found that college prices continue to increase at a moderate pace and student aid remains stable. Continuing the post-recession trend, borrowing per student declined for the fourth consecutive year and was 10% lower in 2014-15 than in 2010-11.

Announcing New Chief of Membership, Governance, and Higher Education: Ericka Miller
The College Board is pleased to announce that Ericka Miller will become our new Chief of Membership, Governance and Higher Education. Ericka will lead our overall work in Membership, Governance, and Higher Education, ensuring effective integration and collaboration among these critical divisions. Read more about Ericka!
Wendell D. Hall, Ph.D., Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy, the College Board

Every year, millions of students take the PSAT/NMSQT — the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test — but many students and parents are unaware of the benefits of this exam. College Board's Wendell Hall reflects on how the PSAT/NMSQT is more than just a test you take at school: It opens the door to scholarships, information from colleges, AP classes, and free practice for the SAT.

Counselors learn details about the redesigned SAT and take part in a free, interactive workshop
Counselors across the country are attending free counselor workshops, as the College Board works to make sure that the people who are guiding our students through the college planning process have the latest, most accurate information and resources available on our redesigned assessments, financial aid, and college advising in general.
Angela Garcia offers students an inside look at the college planning resources available through Big Future, and provides tips about how to get started with the college planning process.

If you know a teen who will be a high school junior or senior this fall, you know a teen who should be thinking about the college application process this summer. As former head counselor in Georgia’s DeKalb County Schools, I saw 95 percent of my advisees go to college, so I know the difference early college planning can make. It allows students to break the application process into manageable chunks and eliminates the pressure of having to do everything all at once.