White House Summit Draws Commitments for Enhanced Higher Education Access

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama last week garnered commitments from more than 100 colleges and universities and states, and 40 other organizations, to enhance college opportunities for low-income students. 

The occasion was a College Opportunity Summit that brought together college presidents, leaders of nonprofit organizations and foundations, and business executives.

“The added value of a college diploma has nearly doubled since Michelle and I were undergraduates,” Obama said. “Unfortunately, today only 30 percent of low-income students enroll in college right after high school and, far worse, by their mid-twenties only 9 percent earn a bachelor’s degree.”

As part of the event, the White House issued a report, “Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students.”