University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan are at the White House today for a higher-education summit hosted by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Cheek and Morgan joined over a hundred college presidents, along with non-profit and foundation leaders for today’s summit.
All attendees had to commit to increasing access to higher education for low-income students. UT-Knoxville is planning a summer math camp for students who want to study subjects like engineering or chemistry, and also plans to expand its academic coaching and community college transfer programs.
The Tennessee Board of Regents aims to enroll students who are behind in math and English in remedial AND college courses at the same time. That program will be in place by the fall of 2015.