When college leaders convene here on Thursday for the second Summit on College Opportunity, they’ll notice a few changes from the inaugural event, held in January.
Most obvious will be the size of the event. Twice as many people are expected to attend the second summit, which has been moved from the White House to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to accommodate the crowd.
Less visible, but equally significant, is how the guest list came together. For the first summit, the White House approached certain colleges and asked them to submit commitments to expand college access; for the second, it issued a broad call for proposals, inviting all institutions to apply. While not everyone who responded got an invitation, many more college leaders did this time around.
At the first summit, the emphasis was on access, though the “commitments” were wide-ranging. This time, the focus is on completion and collaborations, both among colleges and between pre-college and higher education. <Read more.>