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President Rosenberg at White House to discuss strategies to expand college opportunities


FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg is joining a group of top leaders from throughout the U.S. at the White House today for a daylong event focused on boosting the academic success of low-income students.

Hosted by President Barack Obama and the first lady, the event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 9 a.m. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #OpportunityForAll.

portrait_rosenberg“We are honored to participate in such a critical discussion with President Obama on what we can do –and are already doing–to ensure low-income students not only enter college but graduate on time and go on to high-paying jobs in their fields,’’ Rosenberg said. “At FIU, we are committed to being a solutions center for the local and global community and improving access to higher education is a challenge we are ready to meet.”

Through a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FIU has made a commitment to help increase high school graduation rates and provide every qualified M-DCPS student with access to higher education. The initiative’s flagship program, The Education Effect, is now in its third year at Miami Northwestern High School. Funded by an initial $1 million donation from JPMorgan Chase, it has helped Miami Northwestern achieve its first-ever “A” grade; increase graduation rates to nearly 80 percent; boost the number of students accepted to post-secondary education by 10 percent; and quadruple the number of students accepted to FIU.

FIU plans to replicate the success of The Education Effect, at Booker T. Washington High School in Overtown.

“Working with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s team at M-DCPS and with the generous support of private partners, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of students,” Rosenberg said. “We hope this model can be adopted and incentivized in other urban environments because it works.”

For more information about the new commitments being rolled out today, click here.

For the report issued by the White House concerning these commitments, click here.

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