The DEI Board recognizes that Compass’ services—especially costly private tutoring—confer advantage to many students who already benefit from significant privilege. We understand that the K-12 educational system in the US is disproportionately under-resourced for BIPOC students, and that admission tests can either fortify the barriers to college access or help erode them.
The role of the DEI Board is two-pronged. First, it will work with the leaders at Compass to make the company’s educational resources more accessible to historically marginalized communities. Additionally, it will work with these communities, especially Black, indigenous, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ folks, to create new, impactful services beyond Compass’ typical menu of offerings.
Second, the DEI Board will help Compass’ leadership to transform the company’s culture and hiring processes to recruit and maintain more employees of color. The Board will identify impediments toward more inclusive hiring within the company and strive to unhinge them. As a company that values the democratizing power of higher education, Compass’ staff and tutors should resemble the diverse communities we aim to better support.
Programming for Students
Compass is a national leader in college admission testing that not only prepares students for the SAT and ACT, but also educates families, counselors, and enrollment professionals on the ethical use of test scores in the admission process. To better support students and make the college admission process more equitable, we are offering a number of cost-free resources to schools and community-based organizations:
- Live webinars to inform parents and students about the college admissions testing process and how they can efficiently prepare for the SAT or ACT.
- Remotely proctored practice tests with detailed diagnostic reports of students’ testing strengths and weaknesses
- One-on-one tutoring for standardized tests through the Compass Scholarship Program
- Private tutoring for the SAT and ACT through the Compass Scholarship Program
Contact Us: If you are interested in discussing the DEI Board’s offerings for your students—or would like to brainstorm other methods of support—please contact us at [email protected].
In spring 2022, Compass launched its inaugural Practice Test Donation Campaign (PTDC). Each quarter, Compass will donate 10% of all practice test fees to non-profit organizations that enact social change through educational programming. Through June of 2022, proceeds from the PTDC will go to the Petey Greene Program. The Petey Greene Program provides free tutoring and training services to individuals in correctional facilities and reentry programs across the US. The program endeavors to disrupt the cycle of incarceration that disproportionately impacts poor Black and Latinx communities.
Read more about the inaugural PTDC here.