Through a nationwide network of programs, The Princeton Review Foundation helps low-income high school students and college students from underrepresented groups. The Foundation does not provide grant funding; it creates, designs, implements, and monitors a variety of reduced-fee test preparation programs in an attempt to diversify access to those services.
The Foundation focuses its high school activities on improving SAT and ACT standardized testing skills and underlying basic skills. Also, the Foundation is interested in high school exit exams, and in college counseling programs that interface with SAT/ACT test preparation. In recent years, the Foundation has increased access to MCAT, LSAT, GRE, and GMAT test preparation courses both through offerings on college campuses, typically co-sponsored by university pre-professional advisors, and through collaborations with national and local organizations serving minority undergraduate students.
In 2007, the Foundation's programs include:
National and Regional Partnerships
Specific programs described below are co-sponsored by our national partners: the national office of the NAACP, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, CLEO, Student National Medical Association, Graduate Horizons (serving American Indian undergraduates) and others. The Fulfillment Fund, providing services in the Los Angeles area, the Asian Pacific Fund, providing services in northern California, and Barnard College's HEOP Program, providing services in the New York City metropolitan area, are three examples of our regional partners.
SAT Preparation Courses
In California, the Foundation annually helped provide 8,000 low-income students with intensive SAT courses in a state-subsidized program from 1999 to 2003. The Foundation monitored all Princeton Review courses, and offered professional development sessions attended by all course providers (including The Princeton Review's competitors) in this innovative California program. Unfortunately, funding for the program ceased in the massive state budget cuts of 2003. In Dallas, the Foundation partners with United Way to provide services to high school students in its innovative Destination Graduation program.
MCAT, LSAT, GRE and GMAT Preparation Courses
MCAT and GRE preparation courses are regularly offered to several hundred African American and Latino students at majority universities including the University of Pennsylvania, and at a number of the leading historically black college campuses, including Xavier, Howard and North Carolina Central.
LSAT preparation courses are offered through collaborations with organizations such as True Potential, the Dallas Bar Foundation and the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. GMAT preparation courses are offered in collaboration with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the leading organization preparing underrepresented candidates for graduate business school.
The Foundation's Executive Director provides testimony to state legislative committees, gives talks at national educational conferences and conducts workshops for high school and college faculties and undergraduate and graduate admissions staffs, most often on the topic of minorities and admission testing.
The Foundation serves as a consultant to our national partners, universities, high schools, and many nonprofit organizations regarding standardized testing policies and test preparation programs.
The Executive Director of the Foundation testified in 2001 in the landmark University of Michigan Law School affirmative action case as an expert witness, and has conducted workshops promoting affirmative action.
The Executive Director of the Foundation is the only ongoing national source of legal advice for students, parents, counselors, and educators who encounter unfairness in dealing with standardized admission testing companies. The Foundation specializes in advising students who are threatened with the cancellation of their test scores, and it has assisted in two landmark legal victories against the Educational Testing Service on behalf of students in such situations. We maintain, on PrincetonReview.com, a guide to students who are threatened with test score cancellation. It is entitled "Disputes with ETS," which can be found by googling the title.
Free One-Day Test Preparation Clinics
The Foundation pioneered an innovative series of free, one-day test preparation seminars for high school students, co-sponsored by the NAACP and held in 20 cities annually.
Similar seminars for undergraduates, addressing the GRE, LSAT, GMAT or MCAT, have been co-sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, CLEO, Graduate Horizons, the Student National Medical Ass'n and the National Black Law Student Ass'n.
National Book Donations
Through the generosity of Random House, Inc., the publisher of Princeton Review book titles, the Foundation has been able to distribute many thousands of copies of best-selling test preparation books free of charge or at cost to community organizations nationwide.
Bilingual Educational Materials
The Foundation has collaborated with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and The Princeton Review to help produce a Spanish & English version of the popular Roadmap to College, used by Spanish-speaking families of high school students. Over the past few years, several hundred thousand of the free Roadmaps have been distributed.
Research on Test Fairness
The Executive Director conducts research on test fairness, focusing on test question selection. An article he co-authored is "How the SAT Creates 'Built-In Headwinds': An Educational and Legal Analysis of Disparate Impact," 43 Santa Clara L. Rev. 131 (2002).