General Knowledge Among the People: Rural Strategy Development at the College Board

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dc.contributor.author Carlson, Jeffrey Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-17T19:13:39Z
dash.embargo.terms 2019-05-01 en_US
dc.date.created 2016-05 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-05-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Carlson, Jeffrey Michael. 2016. General Knowledge Among the People: Rural Strategy Development at the College Board. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:27013331
dc.description.abstract 10 million students walk into rural schools every school day, representing about 20% of the United States’ public school population. More than a third of all public schools and almost three-fifths of local education agencies serve rural students. Creating coherent, scalable strategies to impact rural students can be difficult given the diffuse and often isolated context of the nation’s 7,000+ rural districts. I completed my residency at the College Board, a New York-based nonprofit organization best known for its SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and Advanced Placement assessments. In 2015, these exams reached 1.7 million, 3.8 million, and 2.5 million students, respectively. Participation in College Board assessments continues to grow over time, but rural students participate at rates lower than their peers. Working in Washington, DC, I completed a strategic project in the College Board’s Global Policy, Advocacy, and Communications division. The goals of the project were to determine the potential value of a strategy focused on rural schools and to develop a proposal outlining how to enact such a strategy. Through my strategic project, I created a College Board rural database, conducted interviews and case studies, and developed strategy proposals for potential pilot work in rural schools and districts. In this capstone, I describe the actions and results of the strategic project in three phases and analyze the results through an analytic framework called the “strategic triangle.” This tool allows a decision maker to understand the three issues in nonprofit strategy: the potential public value, the sources of legitimacy and support, and the operational capabilities of the implicated organization. The work of my residency resulted in the authorization of time, resources, and human capital needed to launch a College Board Rural Strategy pilot in the states of Colorado and Idaho. This pilot intends to create new partnerships and opportunity pipelines in rural schools while increasing the value of College Board-provided assessments and supports for rural students. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Education, Tests and Measurements en_US
dc.subject Education, General en_US
dc.title General Knowledge Among the People: Rural Strategy Development at the College Board en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dash.depositing.author Carlson, Jeffrey Michael en_US
dash.embargo.until 2019-05-01
thesis.degree.date 2016 en_US
thesis.degree.grantor Harvard Graduate School of Education en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember West, Martin R. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Moore, Mark H. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sanford, Stefanie J. en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
dc.description.keywords rural education; advanced coursework; rural engagement; advanced placement en_US

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