Washington, D.C. — Today, the White House convened its second annual College Opportunity Day of Action, aimed at creating and sustaining partnerships between the Obama administration, colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to help students prepare for and graduate from college. The administration also announced $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college. Center for American Progress Vice President for Postsecondary Education David A. Bergeron, who previously served as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, released the following statement:
Ensuring student success in higher education requires tackling the barriers to opportunity on all fronts and a multifaceted approach to encouraging college readiness and completion. The Obama administration’s work to convene leaders from across the business and education communities is a commendable approach that will pay significant dividends for America’s college students, both present and future. The work of our friends and partners to identify best practices that should be advanced and expanded is critical to ensuring access to affordable higher education for all.
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