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 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 – advises and reviews GRE Program research projects and long-term ETS strategic research initiatives
- Services Committee – monitors GRE services and advises on new services and related strategic initiatives
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee – considers issues connected to fairness in GRE tests and services, and to access and diversity in the graduate school population
- 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 Board Transition
ETS is currently working with the current GRE Board and Committees to create two new entities designed to provide advice, insight and market intelligence to the Global Higher Education leadership team at ETS — namely, a Graduate Education Advisory Council (GEAC) that will include and oversee a Research & Technical Advisory Committee (R-TAC). This change from the GRE Board to the Graduate Education Advisory Council is responsive to the desires of the current GRE Board to continue to provide ETS with consistent advice and also the focus on developing and delivering products and services that meet needs beyond the ETS primary historical focus on admissions.
The primary role of the GEAC will be to advise and to provide ETS Global Higher Education leadership with critical insight into the global higher education market, in general, and into how best to engage and influence the current debate within the graduate communities about the value of the GRE tests, specifically. The council is being conceptualized and is to be comprised of appointees who are in alignment with the GRE Program’s current focus on the entire graduate student life cycle and the new ways ETS and GRE are engaging in the higher, graduate and professional education markets.
The hope and expectation of ETS Global Higher Education leadership is that the GEAC will help us to reimagine the GRE Program and to expand and enhance the role of ETS in the global higher education market space. We plan for the GEAC to be comprised of forward looking and innovative thought leaders, practitioners and entrepreneurs who will help us to navigate the challenging waters of our times and to map out the future of the GRE Program and ETS Global Higher Education. We are also committed to ensuring that the GEAC amplifies the tradition of the GRE Board’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
GRE Business School Advisory Council
The GRE Program also obtains input from the GRE Business School Advisory Council, which is composed 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 Business School Advisory Council comprises 20 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.