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FRIDAY BUZZ: College Presidents Pledge Access for Low-Income Students at White House Summit

January 17, 2014

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​More than 100 college and university presidents and other higher education leaders, including ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, met yesterday at the White House to discuss a core issue in the mission of academe: increasing college access for low-income students.

The Action on College Opportunity event featured President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (see video from CSPAN) and included panels on how to enroll more low-income students and help them succeed. The first lady indicated she would be taking an expanded role in this area during her remaining time in the White House.

”The event galvanized energy and attention on sharing innovative ideas and speaking about the things that presidents don’t always have the chance to discuss,” said Broad.

To view the White House report on Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students, click here. To view the list of “Commitments to Action on College Opportunity” by many of ACE’s member institutions, click here.

The following is a round-up of coverage on the event:

College Leaders Leave Summit Inspired to Act
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 17, 2014)

The Feel-Good Summit
Inside Higher Ed (Jan. 17, 2014)

Colleges Commit to Help Students in Financial Need
The Washington Post (Jan. 16, 2014)

Obama Seeks to End “Undermatching”
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (Jan. 16, 2014)

Obama Lauds Pledges to Expand College Opportunities
The New York Times (Jan. 16, 2014)

Obama Encourages Economic Diversity in Higher Education
The Los Angeles Times (Jan. 17, 2014)

White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority
All Things Considered (NPR) (Jan. 16, 2014)

At White House, College Chiefs Pledge More Equitable Access
The Boston Globe (Jan. 17, 2014)

Obamas Ask Educators to Help Poor Students
USA Today (Jan. 16, 2014)

Obama Pushes University Presidents To Take Action On Expanding College Access
The Associated Press (The Huffington Post) (Jan. 16, 2014) ​

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