Public Affairs, The California State University

Increasing College Opportunity

by Elizabeth Chapin

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White was among a select group of higher education leaders to join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Jan. 16 to discuss increasing college opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students.

The college opportunity summit hosted by President Obama served to highlight new commitments by the higher education community and others that help more low-income students reach and succeed in college.

As part of the event, the President and First Lady have asked colleges to make new commitments that align with the Obama administration’s efforts to increase college opportunity. Among the commitments the CSU is making is the expansion of college preparation programs such as Early Start, which prepares students for college-level math and English before they begin freshman year.

Chancellor White has also pledged to expand initiatives that support degree completion including service learning, internships and student learning communities.

The summit also included panels and breakout sessions with several senior cabinet officials including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, and Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz.

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, click here.