National Office of Community College Initiatives
The College Board established the National Office of Community College Initiatives to support the Board's mission to connect students to college success. The National 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 serves the educational needs of community college students and educators by:
- Supporting the work of the Community College Advisory Panel (CCAP)
- Advancing the voice of community colleges within the College Board and encouraging other community colleges to become College Board members
- Developing programs and services that assist community colleges while promoting equity, access, and college success for all students
The success of this initiative depends on the commitment of individuals who believe in the egalitarian mission of community colleges and the College Board and the pivotal role these institutions play in the education of our students. We welcome your ideas and encourage you to contact Stephen J. Handel, Senior Director of Community College Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to share your thoughts about how this initiative can support excellence and equity in education.
The College Board’s National Office of Community College Initiatives
Stephen J. Handel