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Roadtrippers stopped by the College Board national office in New York City

Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization based in Southern California, and the College Board recently collaborated to offer four first-generation college students the chance to travel around the country in an RV and interview successful professionals who were also the first in their families to graduate from college. The trip, which ends this week, is being filmed for a one-hour documentary that will air on PBS in spring 2015.

Measuring the Impact of High School Counselors on College Enrollment

College Board researchers Michael Hurwitz and Jessica Howell examined the causal impact of an additional high school counselor on students' four-year college enrollment rates. Using high school counselor staff counts and four-year college-going rates collected through the Schools and Staffing Survey, they discovered that an additional high school counselor is predicted to increase enrollment in four-year colleges by 10 percent. The researchers discuss their findings with the Policy Analysis for California Education's Conditions of Education blog.

David Coleman and Stefanie Sanford at Next New World Conference

David Coleman, President of the College Board and Stefanie Sanford, Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy both joined other national thought leaders at the Thomas Friedman Next New World Conference on June 12, 2014.

Ángela María García, Executive Director of College Planning and Access, College Board
Ángela María García, Executive Director of College Planning and Access for the College Board blogged for, and laid out ten ideas for students gearing up to start college in the fall. From completing all necessary financial aid and housing forms, to shopping for school supplies, García's tips aim to help students transition into the next big phase in their lives.
William E. Harner, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Quakertown Community School District
Quakertown Community School District Superintendent William Harner chats with All Access at the 2014 AP® Annual Conference about what information he will take back to his district, and what he's learning from his colleagues across the country to improve student outcomes in his district.
John Quiñones talks to AP teachers at 2014 AP Annual Conference
John Quiñones, host of ABC’s What Would You Do?, closed out the 2014 AP Annual Conference by sharing his experiences as the first in his family to go to college. Quiñones, who grew up in San Antonio, told the audience that he dreamed of going to college, but his teachers and counselors steered him away from more challenging classes. It wasn’t until his 10th-grade teacher told him that she liked his writing that he began to think more seriously about opportunities like AP.
Audience members ask questions during AP Annual Convention Town Hall with David Coleman
College Board President David Coleman took questions from a town hall audience at the 2014 AP Annual Conference and spoke frankly about the importance and future of AP. The audience asked about the development of the College Board’s grade 6–12 work, the expansion of programs like SpringBoard® and AP Capstone™, changes to AP credit policies, the integration of mathematics into the new AP Biology curriculum, and the perpetuation of unproductive anxiety tied to the college admission process.
Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss opens the 2014 AP Annual Conference
Award-winning historian Michael Beschloss opened the 2014 AP® Annual Conference with anecdotes and insights about the leaders that have shaped our nation. In describing the lives of leaders like President Abraham Lincoln, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Elvis Presley, Beschloss attempted to answer the question: why is history important in an era of instant access to real-time news and events?
2014 Counselor Workshops
Registration is now open for the 2014 College Board Counselor Workshops. Held in multiple convenient locations across the country, these free face-to-face workshops provide school counselors with the latest developments, tools, and resources they need to help students prepare for college and career success.
Philip Ballinger Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions at University of Washington
The Guidance and Admission Assembly Council (GAAC) met in New York City, May 13–14, 2014. The GAAC is a group of member professionals that considers issues and actions related to providing educational opportunities for all students at crucial transition points in their academic experience to help them succeed whenever or however they enter higher education. During the GAAC’s most recent meeting in May, the council discussed several important issues. Council Chair Philip Ballinger discusses key takeaways, and what members can expect from the Council in the coming months.