University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken today announced a set of new commitments NU is making as part of a national initiative to expand college access and success to more students.
NU’s commitments – along with those of other colleges and universities around the country – are being shared today at a White House summit hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Milliken is among the university presidents participating in the summit.
“Expanding affordable access to quality education is the University of Nebraska’s highest priority. I’m very pleased that the White House has set a goal to ensure more Americans have the chance to attend and succeed in college,” Milliken said.
NU’s new commitments are:
» Use the Nebraska Virtual Scholars program to make online courses available to many more low-income, rural, and potentially first-generation college students. NU will work with state policymakers to develop a funding model.
» Use new communication strategies to tell all Nebraska middle school students and their parents, teachers and counselors about college preparation using new and nontraditional tools that are more relevant and effectively targeted to lower-income, rural and first-generation students.
» Significantly increasing the number of low-income and first-generation students who participate in summer scholars programs on the NU campuses.