All Access – News for Members
When George Henry took over the AP U.S. History program at East High School in Salt Lake City, he saw a disparity between the proportion of minority students at his school and the proportion enrolled in AP, and considered it a call to action. Enrolling more students of color in his classes has been challenging, but significant progress has been made over the course of just one school year. George writes for All Access about the realities facing minority students and the strategies that were particularly effective for him in moving his students toward success in AP.
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.
The Education Trust has released a new report titled Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges that lays out comprehensive strategies to ensure that students graduate from college prepared for success. Dan Porterfield, President of Franklin and Marshall College and College Board Trustee is featured for his work to increase the number of Pell recipients enrolled in his institution.
Welcome to College Board: All Access. All Access is a new space for College Board members to read news and best practices from colleagues around the country, learn about developments in College Board programs and services, access important resources, and share their own news.
Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses implications of the Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and Fisher v. University of Texas Supreme Court decisions for admission officers and the importance of diversity in higher education.
Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, Fla., has won the first AP Global Challenge, a College Board pilot program that encourages AP students to address globally relevant challenges through research, innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving. During the program, student teams complete a final project — including a research-based solution proposal paper and multimedia presentation — in which they propose a solution that mitigates or solves the team’s chosen global challenge.
The College Board hosts three Diversity Conferences to convene hundreds of advocates and educators from K-12 and higher education with the goal of increasing college access for underrepresented African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students.
As international students prepare for the first administration of the redesigned SAT® in spring 2016, there are several things they should keep in mind. The redesign process included admission leaders from across the world, and the exam measures the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college regardless of geography. Students will encounter texts in the redesigned exam that include passages from U.S. sources as well as important international texts. Rigorous course work will be the best way to prepare for the redesigned SAT, and all students can use the free test-prep resources available from Khan Academy.
The Academic Assembly Council (AAC) met in New York City, May 2–3, 2014. The Academic Assembly is charged with considering issues and actions related to providing universal access to high standards of learning. Council Chair and Chair-elect Pam Paulson and Michael McDonough discuss key focus areas and takeaways from the meeting.
A research team at the University of South Florida has explored the factors that explain students’ success in AP® despite relatively elevated stress levels. Fusing its knowledge of social psychology and gifted education with measurement and analysis, the research team identified several important findings about academic and mental health predictors of student success in AP.