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The College Board provides a range of dynamic and focused in-person and virtual professional development opportunities for enrollment, admissions, and financial aid professionals.

Please note that we have developed a special hub for information on higher education and the Covid-19 pandemic. It contains up-to-date resources, webinars, and program updates aimed at campus administrators; enrollment leaders; and professionals from admissions, academics and financial aid.

Strategic Resources for Download
The following publications and downloadable documents provide deep and detailed information on a range of topics suitable for higher education professionals at any level of their career.

Higher Ed Data Privacy
Enhancing data privacy for students is crucial. Achieving this objective, while also preserving students’ access to necessary college-planning information, has become increasingly challenging for policymakers and more critical in the time of covid-19. With the public policy environment rapidly evolving, it’s important for higher education officials to have a clear understanding of what’s at stake. This paper provides information on various considerations related to data privacy for higher education institutions.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Enrollment, Admissions

The Future of Enrollment Leadership
A comprehensive publication drawn from a meeting of more than 30 enrollment leaders, this monograph considers the challenges and opportunities that will face higher education over the next 15 years.

  • Professional Level: Leadership
  • Field: Enrollment

College Admissions and the Public Interest
This volume provides a lens into the history of college admission in America, examining the increasingly important role of admissions officers, financial aid professionals, and college counselors in serving the preeminent ideals of higher education.

  • Professional Level: Leadership
  • Field: Enrollment

AP Toolkit
A new set of documents that help college and university enrollment leaders leverage Advanced Placement to build and retain a successful student body. The toolkit includes an overview on how AP can help colleges and universities meet a range of institutional and strategic goals. It also has highlights on how AP helps throughout the enrollment cycle including recruitment, admissions, placement, yield efforts, and retention.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-level
  • Field: Enrollment, Admissions

Trends Spotlight: Family Income & Net Price
This brief examines family income and where families attend college. Key data points by income groups and higher education sector help to provide greater context and insight on how students and their families finance an undergraduate education.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Financial Aid

Trends Spotlight: Paying for College: Debt
This brief shares statistics and trends on parent and student borrowing across four income groups, arranged from lowest to highest. Questions are posed to help practitioners develop informed campus policies and practices.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Financial Aid

Materials to Address Diversity on Campus
The College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative provides robust information and tools to higher education institutions as they develop and implement policies and practices in support of educational access and diversity.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Enrollment, Financial Aid

In-Person Professional Development
The College Board offers a wide variety of in-person professional development events throughout the year that bring together an environment of learning and problem solving. Events range in size, and each is targeted at specific segments of the higher education community.

A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education
Higher education professionals at all levels discuss models of excellence that address the most critical educational issues facing African American students.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level, Entry-Level
  • Field: Admissions, Enrollment, Financial Aid

Campus Need Analysis Roundtable
An annual gathering of CSS Profile™ users who meet to discuss institutional methodology and need analysis best practices.

  • Professional Level: Leadership
  • Field: Financial Aid

College Board National Forum
An annual gathering of professionals from across K–12, higher education, and college access professions, Forum offers dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, and a wealth of sessions and workshops led by experienced colleagues.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Financial Aid

Enrollment Leadership Academy
A year-long professional development program focused on leadership skills, enrollment management issues, and development of the next generation of leaders who are committed to advancing the field of enrollment management.

  • Professional Level: Mid-Level
  • Field: Admissions, Enrollment, Financial Aid

Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions
An annual program for guidance and admissions professionals organized jointly by Harvard University and the College Board. A nationally-recognized faculty of outstanding leaders in the field of admissions and education will offer more than 40 sessions and will be available for consultation and discussion.

  • Professional Level: Mid-Level, Entry-Level
  • Field: Admissions

Higher Ed Colloquium
The College Board’s Higher Ed Colloquium gives professionals the opportunity for serious thinking, spirited dialogue, and debate on the latest issues.

  • Professional Level: Leadership
  • Field: Admissions, Enrollment, Financial Aid

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference is a two-day professional development event specifically designed for those who are interested and invested in the sustainability of HBCUs.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level, Entry-Level
  • Field: Admissions, Enrollment, Financial Aid

Institute on Financial Aid
Provides opportunities to new financial aid professionals to become more familiar with the fundamentals of financial aid.

  • Professional Level: Mid-Level, Entry-Level
  • Field: Financial Aid

Native American Student Advocacy Institute: Building Nations Through Education (NASAI)
Address the opportunities and challenges that American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students encounter in preparing for a college education.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level, Entry-Level
  • Field: Admissions, Enrollment, Financial Aid

Prepárate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America
Join educational leaders in sharing successful strategies that are closing the achievement gap for Latino students.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level, Entry-Level
  • Field: Admissions, Enrollment, Financial Aid

Virtual Professional Development
The College Board offers several series of online professional development modules for higher education professionals. These online tools will provide them with information about College Board programs and services, as well as information about the enrollment profession.

SAT Foundations
An online, on-demand tool, SAT Foundations gives admissions professionals and application readers foundational information on the SAT and the SAT Suite of Assessments.

  • Professional Level: Entry-Level
  • Field: Admissions

Financial Aid Program Training
The College Board provides the following programmatic training for financial aid professionals using our services:

  • PowerFAIDS®—Hands-on, online, and self-guided training for current users. Register or view resources on the PowerFAIDS Resource Center.
  • CSS ProfileTM and Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)—Live and recorded webinars and face-to-face workshops available to current users. Register or view resources on the Financial Aid Services Information Center.

Trends in Higher Education 2019
This three-part series records the popular Colloquium session at the 2019 College Board Forum, Trends in Higher Education. In these videos, the authors of Trends in College Pricing 2019 and Trends in Student Aid 2019 discuss their findings.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Enrollment, Financial Aid

Identifying Talent and Potential Using Noncognitive Admissions Measures
This five-part series records the 2019 College Board Forum Session: Identifying Talent and Potential Using Noncognitive Admissions Measures. Presenters are from three institutions experimenting with the use of noncognitive measures in admissions contexts.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Enrollment

Beyond Tuition: Getting to the True Cost of Attendance
This four-part series records the 2019 College Board Forum Session: Beyond Tuition: Getting to the True Cost of Attendance. Calculating costs to attend college beyond tuition and fees is complex, yet critical to students’ ability to complete their degree. Better accuracy, consistency, and transparency of costs for books, transportation, housing, and food expenses are needed to help students make informed financial decisions to ensure they not only start college but finish.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Enrollment, Financial Aid

Retention Begins with The Product
This two-part series records the session at the 2019 College Board Forum, Retention Begins with the Product. Two highly regarded enrollment leaders consider retention from an institutional strategic perspective.

  • Professional Level: Leadership, Mid-Level
  • Field: Enrollment, Financial Aid