White House Highlights How Groups Have Pledged to Improve Access

The more than 100 “commitments” that colleges, nonprofit groups, and foundations will make at a White House higher-education summit on Thursday will help hundreds of thousands of low-income students obtain a college degree, a top adviser to President Obama said on Wednesday.

In a call with reporters to preview Thursday’s event, Gene B. Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, highlighted a few of the pledges the groups are prepared to make, including a promise by the Posse Foundation to provide an additional 250 scholarships to students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and a commitment by the National College Advising Corps to provide an additional 80,000 students with college counseling.

In conjunction with the call, the White House released a document detailing all of the commitments that the 100 colleges and 40 organizations attending the event will announce. They include pledges in four broad areas: <Read more.>

Via Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education.