UW chancellor takes part in White House forum

Forum focuses on costs, accessibility for college students
UW chancellor takes part in White House forum
Rebecca Blank

University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank was one of 100 college presidents at the White House Thursday taking part in a forum on costs and accessibility.

The forum coincides with Blank’s plans for new initiatives focused on helping low-income students pay for school.

President Barack Obama praised the efforts by Blank and other education leaders.

“Today, more than 100 colleges and 40 organizations are announcing new commitments to help more young people not only go to, but graduate from college. And that’s an extraordinary accomplishment, and we didn’t pass a bill to do it,” Obama said.

Included in the plans for UW-Madison is the expansion of college pipeline program known as the PEOPLE or Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence. About 1,200 students are taking part in the program right now.

The school will also be establishing an Institute for Science Education, aimed at getting low-income students interested in pursuing science, technology or math degrees.

A $500,000 grant will help cover the costs for the project.