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
- 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@example.com.
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 $16,000. Beginning January 1st, and through the end of March 2023, proceeds from the PTDC will benefit FORA (Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America).
In selecting its next donor recipient, the Compass Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board has chosen to honor the fight for literacy and access to education among refugee communities. FORA provides high-dosage tutoring and wrap-around services to SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) refugee children from Rohingya, Afghan, and other communities who have in many cases been denied access to literacy and overcome multiple generations of persecution. In addition to providing individualized tutoring and other academic services, such as robotics and writing workshops, FORA partners with families and schools to cultivate academic empowerment in the community across the board.
We are excited to see how our donation can positively impact this amazing organization. Thank you for testing with Compass and helping us serve our community!