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President: Gaston Caperton
The College Board administers college programs
and exams for millions of high school students nationwide.
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership
association whose mission is to connect students to college success
and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed
of more than 5,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other
Each year, the College Board serves over 7 million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program (AP).
The Board has regional offices throughout
At its founding in 1900, the College Board
was organized to help high school students make a successful
transition to higher education. At that time, the handful of
colleges that formed the membership association known as the
College Entrance Examination Board sought to simplify the application
process for students and for those colleges' admission offices.
With the College Board's revolutionary
development of common entrance examinations-later known as the
SAT Program or Scholastic Assessment Tests-students could apply
to a number of institutions without having to sit for entrance
examinations at each one. The new assessments also had another
democratizing benefit: individuals could provide evidence of
their credentials without regard to their family backgrounds
and despite inconsistent grading systems and curriculum standards
throughout the nation's high schools. The SAT was first introduced
The development of a common entrance examination
was only a beginning. The membership association developed additional
assessments to provide assistance in placement and the awarding
of college credit, such as the Advanced Placement Program and
the College-Level Examination Program. Resources to help students
conduct successful college searches were compiled, printed, and
eventually made available electronically in software products
and on the Internet. The College Scholarship Service was organized
to provide financial aid information and assistance, so that
no prepared student would be denied access to higher education
because of lack of funds. Special projects were developed to
help improve the academic performance of secondary school students
and prepare them for college.
In 2005, a new version of the SAT was introduced
which added a writing section to the exam, as well as new math
and reading sections.
The College Board offers an outstanding
benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of vacation, a generous
retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and ongoing professional
development and training.