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Pres. Barry Mills Appointed to National Commission to Promote Writing Skills

Story posted August 30, 2002

Click the link below to read the full press release from The College Board:,1443,11752,00.html

Bowdoin College President Barry Mills has been appointed to The College Board's Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges.

The formation and launch of the new national commission was announced Tuesday, August 27, at The College Board's annual College-Bound Seniors press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made by College Board President Gaston Caperton.

The Commission was formed in an effort to focus national attention on the teaching and learning of writing. It is charged with defining and reaffirming the essential role of writing in education and making recommendations on how students, their families, schools, colleges and universities can improve the quality of writing in the United States.

"The College Board is committed to preparing students for college success, not simply testing them for college admission," said Caperton in announcing the groupís mission.

Members of the Commission include leading college and university presidents, chancellors, and provosts, and school superintendents from across the nation. An Advisory Committee of writing experts will support their work.

"Writing is a critical part of students' experience beginning in elementary school and continuing through junior high, high school, and into college," said the newly appointed vice chair of the Commission, Arlene Ackerman, superintendent of schools for the San Francisco Unified School District. "The Commission will reinforce the importance of writing throughout the curriculum for students at all levels."

The College Board is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,200 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three million students and their parents, 22,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. The SAT, Advanced Placement, PSAT/NMSQT and CLEP are among the programs The College Board administers.

Bowdoin College made submission of SAT scores optional for applicants in 1969.

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