The College Board established the Office of Community College Initiatives to support the College Board's mission to connect students to college success. The Office is involved in a variety of on-going projects and initiatives to advance and strengthen these institutions throughout the United States. Community colleges serve more than six million students, including the largest proportion of students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds in American higher education. Assuring access and college success for these students requires strong partnerships among K–12 schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. The College Board is one of the few not-for-profit national organizations that brings together all of these constituencies in the service of students, families, counselors, and other student service professionals.
The Office of Community College Initiatives:
- Connects with the field through the Community College Advisory Panel (CCAP), which provides the College Board leadership with direction on how best to support community colleges and their students;
- Advances the voice of community colleges within and across all units of the College Board;
- Encourages community colleges to become College Board members and to strongly participate through all available avenues (assemblies, committees, forums, and so on); and
- Develops programs and services that assist community colleges.