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At a signing ceremony renewing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, President Obama stated, "We're not only doing this because these schools are a gateway to a better future for African Americans; we're doing it because their success is vital to a better future for all Americans." President Obama's comments and the administration's investment in minority-serving institutions underscores the important role the administration sees for these institutions in reaching the goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
But why are minority-serving institutions critical to achieving this goal? And what can other colleges and universities learn from their success? Our panelists addressed these issues and more.
This discussion featured:
Introductory comments from John Wilson, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Frank Matthews, Publisher of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (as moderator)
Charles Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs at South Carolina State University
Deborah Santiago, Vice President for Policy and Research at Excelencia in Education
Valerie Wilson, Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity at Brown University
Lacey Leegwater, Director of Programs and Planning at the Institute for Higher Education Policy
John Wilson, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Education Sector thanks Lumina Foundation for its support of this event. Lumina Foundation for Education is an Indianapolis-based, private foundation dedicated to expanding access and success in education beyond high school. The views expressed at this event are those of the panelists and do not necessarily represent those of Lumina Foundation for Education, its officers, or employees.