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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. So far, we have raised over $12,000. Beginning October 1st, and through the end of 2022, proceeds from the PTDC will go to the Dream Project of Virginia. We acknowledge that education inequality along the lines of race, socioeconomic status, immigration status, etc. is a major obstacle for many students across the US, and similar to our next donor recipient, the Board believes everyone should have access to an affordable education. Dream Project empowers Virginia high school students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education through access to scholarships, resources and mentors. They have ambitious goals to increase their fundraising capabilities in order to further support alums of the program, provide emergency support services, and conduct workshops that support the Parents of Dreamers. This is a relatively “new” organization—started in 2010 and hired its first full-time staff in 2022—so we are optimistic that our donation will make a significant impact. Thank you for testing with Compass and helping us serve our community!