Duke President Vincent Price joined nearly 100 other college and university leaders in a summit discussion of how to expand opportunities for higher education opportunities for talented low-and moderate-income students.
Called the American Talent Initiative (ATI), the program aims to attract, enroll, and graduate an additional 50,000 lower-income students at the 296 colleges and universities that consistently graduate at least 70 percent of their students in six years.
“We are deeply committed to expanding access to a Duke education, and today’s meeting was an excellent opportunity to learn from our peers about their financial aid and student support strategies,” Price said. “This is a foundational issue for higher education, one that I hope that we can solve in collaboration with other colleges and universities from around the world.”
Held in New York City, the presidential summit included leaders from major universities talking about institutional practices that promote access to higher education, opportunities for collaboration, and how to keep the issue in the national spotlight.
The ATI is a Bloomberg Philanthropies-supported collaboration between the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program, Ithaka S+R, and the member colleges and universities. Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, was on hand to address the summit.