Chancellor Kirwan Joins President Obama for Summit on College Affordability

University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan in December joined several prominent university leaders for a White House meeting with President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding college affordability and improved retention and graduation rates.

The group of leaders included University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski, a USM institution that is receiving national attention for its innovations in teaching and research.

President Obama has praised the University System of Maryland and Chancellor Kirwan's vision for keeping costs down by implementing an Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative. The initiative, launched in 2003-2004, has generated savings to date of $255 million. Working with its partners in Maryland state government, the USM froze in-state, undergraduate tuition for four straight years while tuition rose at substantial rates nationally.

Both Chancellor Kirwan and President Hrabowski have received national acclaim for their vision in reducing racial disparities in graduation rates.

The group's discussion included how colleges and universities can diminish costs, become more accessible to people of all economic backgrounds, and produce more graduates. Other leaders at the White House meeting included the heads of the New York and Texas university systems and the president of Carnegie Mellon University.

The meeting received coverage in numerous national news outlets, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.





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