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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.

President Obama Speaks at the My Brother's Keeper Initiative Event.
During a recent event at the Walker-Jones Education Campus in Washington DC, President Barack Obama announced an additional $100 million in funding from public and private organizations for My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative dedicated to ensuring that boys and young men of color have the tools and support they need to reach their full potential.

On July 15, 2014, the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in the Fisher litigation, on remand from the Supreme Court. The three-judge panel (in a 2-1 decision) upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious admission policy. The College Board's Access & Diversity Collaborative shares its case analysis on the decision with All Access.

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.

Members of Oodles of Utils at the 2014 AP® Annual Conference
As part of the AP Global Challenge, a team of six AP students from Boca Raton, Fla., decided to test the notion that when provided with knowledge about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the products they purchase, consumers would change the way they buy. The team’s goal was to create a convenient way to provide information about consumer products based on the factors consumers care about the most. Their solution won them each $5,000 scholarships.
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.