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.
“When it comes to the college admission testing landscape, there simply is not anyone better than Compass. Their Guide is, without a doubt, the most informative, comprehensive, and accurate source for college admission testing; their willingness to provide it to schools, students, and families as a free resource is an example of their mission toward not just preparing students for the test but also empowering them to make decisions that make sense for the student’s individual needs. Their support of our school, with no hint of advertising, sales pressure, or ulterior motives, is why we are comfortable continuing to invite them into our community.”
College Counselor at Eleanor Roosevelt High School (NY)
Services & Outreach
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
If you are interested in discussing these offerings for your students—or would like to brainstorm other methods of support—please contact the DEI Board at [email protected]