Advisory Committee on College Readiness

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 The Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR) includes state higher education executive officers and other state- and nationally-recognized leaders in the postsecondary community.


The Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR) works with the PARCC Governing Board to shape the consortium’s strategy for working with postsecondary education systems, institutions, and K-12 to ensure the successful development of college readiness assessments that will be accepted as an indicator of readiness for first-year, credit-bearing courses by all colleges and universities across PARCC consortium states. 

The committee will help ensure the college and career performance levels meet the needs of higher education in determining student readiness.  The committee will also guide the work the consortium undertakes to develop and/or identify effective intervention programs to increase the number of graduating high school seniors who meet college readiness standards prior to enrollment. 



  • Senator Shane Broadway, Interim Director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education
  • Dr. Richard Freeland, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Dr. Jose Garcia, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico
  • Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia, State of Colorado; Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Rochelle Hendricks, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, New Jersey
  • Jim Purcell, CommissionerRhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

  • Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, President, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • Catherine Shultz, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, State of Illinois


  • Molly Broad, President, American Council on Education
  • Dr. Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Stan Jones, President, Complete College America
  • Dr. George Pernsteiner, President, State Higher Education Executive Officers
  • Dr. Carol Geary Schneider, President, American Association of Colleges & Universities


Read the press release announcing the launch of the ACCR here

On September 26, 2011, PARCC held its Advisory Committee on College Readiness (ACCR) launch meeting in Washington, DC, bringing together more than 25 state and national higher education leaders. The ACCR, a high-level committee that will ensure that higher education has a voice in issues that affect the postsecondary education community during the assessment design, development, and implementation, is co-chaired by Dr. Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, and Dr. Joseph Savoie, President, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Read more about the co-chairs here. The meeting agenda is posted here.

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