The DEI Board recognizes that Compass’s 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 U.S. 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 works with the leaders at Compass to make the company’s educational resources more accessible to historically marginalized communities. Additionally, it works with these communities, especially Black, indigenous, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ folks, to create new, impactful services beyond Compass’s typical menu of offerings.
Second, the DEI Board helps Compass’s leadership transform the company’s culture and hiring processes to recruit and maintain more employees of color. The Board continues to identify impediments toward more inclusive hiring within the company and strives to unhinge them. As a company that values the democratizing power of higher education, Compass’s 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In spring 2022, Compass launched its Practice Test Donation Campaign (PTDC). Each quarter, Compass will donate 10% of all college admission practice test fees to non-profit organizations that enact social change through educational programming. So far, we have raised over $25,000.
“The Compass Scholarship Program helped me boost my score by 240 points! My instructors were patient, kind, and encouraging. They made sure I learned the principles and tools required to do well on the SAT. The Compass Prep Program not only helped me improve my SAT scores but also helped me develop important skills such as time management. With the program’s support, I was admitted to my number one college, Wash U, and received a scholarship!”
DJ W. (he/him)
Alexander Hamilton Scholars
“The Compass team has been wonderful to work with! They understand the particular needs of our student population and the limitations of our organization. They have been flexible, responsive and are providing a superior experience for our students. Our partnership with Compass came at the exact right time for the organization and I am very grateful for their services.“
Phyllis Elick (she/her)
Senior Director of High School and College Bound Programs
“After taking the SAT for the second time and seeing little improvement, I had not only lost hope, but also lost motivation…until I found Compass! I had my first lesson with Compass in May. My tutors scheduled lessons according to my strengths and weaknesses. Both of my teachers were very nice, friendly, helpful, and attentive. Through the help of Compass, I was able to grow a total of a hundred points. I am very happy with my current score and I am very grateful to Compass for their support.”
Insiya M. (she/her)
Breakthrough Collaborative, Houston
“Compass Education Group’s work with Hamilton Scholars was exceptional. They helped our scholars build confidence, generate strong scores, and learn test-taking skills. With their characteristic professionalism, warmth, and cultural-competency, Compass Prep tutors are forces for good and excellence.”
Kelly Herrington (he/him)
Senior Advisor and College Counselor
Alexander Hamilton Scholars
“My experience with Compass has been amazing. The tutoring sessions were very helpful and focused on what I struggled in. Deshana taught me different ways to approach math, so I understood the concepts more. In the beginning, English and Reading were a struggle for me. My verbal tutor gave me time to reflect on problems and gave me feedback on the spot. I was able to learn quicker that way and this helped me a lot.”
Abdurrhman A. (he/him)
Breakthrough Collaborative, Pittsburgh
“Compass was an amazing help! I had taken over 40 practice SAT tests and only gotten up to a 1320 on a real exam before beginning tutoring. Within three weeks, I increased my official score to a 1480! After 2 more weeks, I increased my official score again to a 1550—with a 790 in math! I could not have achieved this score without them.”
Diya Jha (she/her)
Governor Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick, MD)
Today’s SCOTUS ruling on race-conscious admission practices was expected, but the anticipation makes the reality no less painful. Compass stands with those from all backgrounds and especially with those persons of BIPOC identity who recognize this decision for what it is: unjust, uncaring, and uninformed of both the reality of the history of this country and of the actual admission practices at its colleges and universities.
We would like to share quality sources of information and also lift up voices we find to be clear, correct, and powerful at this moment. First, we recommend reading Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s dissent in its entirety; as the Compass leadership we find ourselves entirely in support of her argument and outrage.
NPR provides a general overview, while the Chronicle of Higher Ed offers a closer look at the implications for admission policies and practices including testing. While there is much to be processed and presumably further litigated, the emerging consensus in the college admissions community is that a) school counselors will work with their advisees to bring forward their identities in college applications in ways that are authentic and empowering while also legal for colleges to consider, b) colleges will comply with the ruling but redouble their efforts to hold up diversity as a critical part of their mission, c) the ruling increases the likelihood that test-optional policies will remain largely in place, but isn’t likely to add significant steam to the test-free movement (e.g. refusing to consider scores as is the case in the UC system).
Compass will continue to engage with the college admissions community as this decision’s consequences unfold, and we will provide updates on our efforts and opportunities for others to contribute. We remain more committed than ever to our support for those who are disadvantaged and marginalized.
The American trans community is currently facing an unprecedented assault in the form of legislative and social erasure by members of our government. Whether in the form of “drag bans,”—a thinly-veiled attempt at banning trans people in public spaces—the explicit denial of gender-affirming care to trans children, or banning trans people from participating in competitive sports, trans people must fight daily for the right to simply exist.
The need for inclusion and equality is not abstract: it directly affects us as a company and as a broader community. Cultures around the world have always recognized, integrated, and even revered individuals who fall outside the gender binary, as well as individuals who identify as a gender that does not match their assignment at birth. Compass affirms and recognizes these long-held views: we affirm the right of trans people to exist and lead authentic, truthful, and joyful lives. We affirm the right of trans children to seek gender- affirming care. We affirm the right of trans people to feel safe in their workplaces and the communities in which they live. We condemn any attempt, legislative or otherwise, to exclude trans people from existing and thriving in society.
As tutors and educators, our job is to support and empower students of all identities and backgrounds, and we want our students to go out into a world that will embrace them. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to actively champion the right of all trans people to safety, gender-affirming care, and active visibility within our communities. To paraphrase Desmond Tutu, “Our humanity is tied to the humanity of all.”
We encourage everyone to reach out to their local representatives, vocally support the trans community, and seek out resources to become a better trans ally. For more information about how you can help, please consider visiting: https://transequality.org/issues/resources/supporting-the-transgender-people-in-your-life-a-guide-to-being-a-good-ally
We support every student’s right to learn about factual cultural history, including their own, in an uncensored format. In light of recent events, it is more important than ever that we acknowledge the bias that runs deep within our government and ideologies. We believe that each student is entitled to a holistic education that encompasses both inclusion and explicit anti-racism.
Therefore, we do not support the College Board’s decision to remove parts of history from their AP African American Studies course. It is a thinly-veiled attempt to appease a countercultural movement spearheaded by Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education, who believe that teaching a holistic version of our country’s history is somehow detrimental to the youth of today.
We acknowledge that internalizing a clear and honest view of historical accounts can be a challenging process for students, regardless of their identities. However, selectively ignoring salient events, especially those which shaped the world as we know it, poses a much greater issue. For too long, our country has whitewashed the education system when it comes to colonialism and racism, which affects us even now. It is imperative that we teach with transparency, so that we might equip the next generation to learn from our mistakes. The College Board’s actions are a step backwards, and those actions can potentially have devastating ramifications not only on the United States education system, but also our country as a whole.