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GRE® Board and Advisory Councils

Formed in 1966, the GRE® Board is an independent board affiliated with the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The GRE Board oversees GRE tests, services and research in consultation with its committees. It establishes all policies for the GRE Program, which ETS administers. ETS provides information, technical advice and professional counsel to the board and develops proposals to achieve its program, research and service goals.

The GRE Program also obtains input from the GRE Business School Advisory Council, which is comprised of admissions leaders from business schools around the world. The GRE Business School Advisory Council does not directly oversee any aspect of the GRE Program, but instead provides insight, perspective and information related to domestic and international graduate business school programs.

The GRE Board

The GRE Board consists of 18 appointed members, four AGS appointees, four CGS appointees, and 10 at-large appointees. In addition, the CGS president is an ex officio member of the board. The term of office is four years.

There are five standing committees of the GRE Board:

  • Executive Committee – empowered to make interim decisions and set the agenda for board meetings
  • Research Committee
    • reviews and provides feedback on GRE funded proposals and reports
    • monitors the progress of GRE Program research projects
    • provides input to long-range GRE research agenda
    • advises ETS on current and long-range strategic initiatives related to research
  • Services Committee
    • reviews existing GRE services
    • considers proposals and plans for new services
    • monitors ongoing GRE services for fairness and access issues
    • advises ETS on long-range strategic initiatives related to GRE services
    • considers fairness and access issues with regard to new and existing services, and marketing, communications and outreach activities
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
    • reviews those GRE services that are of special relevance to students from underrepresented populations
    • considers plans for new program services that potentially serve underrepresented populations
    • considers issues connected to fairness in GRE tests, and to access and diversity in the graduate student population
    • advises on long-range research planning strategies for work that may affect underrepresented populations
    • guides ETS with the particular graduate education initiatives
  • Finance Committee – considers and makes recommendations for action on GRE budget and finance issues

The GRE Board typically meets three times a year and oversees GRE tests, services and research in consultation with these committees.

The committees typically meet two to three times a year to monitor, organize, and develop projects and services intended to enhance the GRE Program's usefulness to students, institutions and higher education in general.

See a list of GRE Board members.

GRE Business School Advisory Council

The GRE Business School Advisory Council is comprised of 12–15 appointed members, and each member serves one three-year term. The council meets two times per year. Select GRE Board members attend all council meetings.

See a list of the GRE Business School Advisory Council members.