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SAT Boost for First-Generation College Students

SAT Boost for First-Generation College Students
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Founded by Stanford University grad and former SAT tutor Garrett Nieman, CollegeSpring (formerly SEE College Prep) is a non-profit organization launched in 2010 designed to help first-generation college students prep for the SAT in hopes of earning scores high enough to gain admission to elite colleges and universities.

CollegeSpring is funded in part by revenue from high schools who team up with the organization to give their students a better shot at the SAT. It also receives funds from philanthropic organizations such as the Packard Foundation, the Keck Foundation, and more. Although CollegeSpring currently operates only in California, Nieman and his co-founder Jessica Perez plan to expand the scope of the organization over the coming year.

What is different about this test prep program?

Nearly every high school in the country offers some sort of ACT or SAT test prep class. CollegeSpring provides extra help for first generation students through its intensive syllabus–80 total hours of class time, and four full-length, proctored practice exams. The program emphasizes the importance of the test to kids that haven’t had many college-educated role models growing up and shows them how a good score can enhance their futures.

Nieman says, “We employ mission-driven people and people of color who care about first-generation kids. Our vision is for students to be equipped to go on to college” (Education Week).

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1:30AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

The American public education system is in such a mess. If I had young children, I would not put them in the system, even if it meant I had to home school them.

That being said, this program to boost SAT scores for first generation college students is discriminatory from the sounds of it. Look closely at the words of tutor Garrett Nieman:

“We employ mission-driven people and people of color who care about first-generation kids. Our vision is for students to be equipped to go on to college”

Please explain why it was necessary to declare that they employ "people of color"? The phrase "people of color" basically means any race with skin pigmentation different from the white race. Why not just employ people? What do they specifically put an emphasis on "people of color"?

Why? Because there is growing discrimination against anyone & anything white. And what the fine print means is that CollegeSpring intends to employ mission-driven, non-whites in their program to assist children "of color". Exactly like what our countries universities & community colleges are doing!

Hey, I have a novel idea. Hire PEOPLE who care about kids to work with ALL young people - red, yellow, black & white - to achieve success. Children "of color" are not the only children that need help.

The phrase "people of color" be damned. And the same to anything or anyone that excludes any race of people. By the way, "white" is a color.

9:43AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012


8:16AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Part of going to college is getting ready to do high quality "work" and preparing for it makes good sense. It also makes for a better way to insure success, preparation is always a part of doing a good job, lifelong.

5:22AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Can't do any harm to put in the extra work. As to whether this test prep program is better than others, we'd need to compare methods and results.

5:35PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012


5:01PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Just 'dumb down' the test like everything else.

4:57PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

there is lots more to being prepared for college and life and work than just an SAT score.....having said that, anything to help those who want and could benefit from it.....we should all be encouraged to be the best we can and do what we can to make the world better for everyone....

4:53PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

“We employ mission-driven people and people of color who care about first-generation kids. Our vision is for students to be equipped to go on to college”

Now THAT is racist....

12:59PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Grazie per la condivisione.

11:51AM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

Sounds like a good little product to me. I'm glad they're expanding.

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