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Commitments made at Thursday’s White House summit by 24 states and more than 100 institutions address a wide range of barriers to college access, including those involving financial aid, college preparation, technology, and community engagement. Descriptions of the commitments are from the White House list.

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About the Data

Most data come from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and cover fall 2012 or the 2011-12 academic year. The percentage of students receiving financial aid and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants include only first-time, full-time undergraduates in fall 2012. The percentage of adults over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher comes from the 2012 American Community Survey. Average public tuition is the average tuition at four-year public colleges. Underrepresented minorities are students who are African-American, Hispanic, or Native American.

Commitments were categorized based on the following characteristics:

Financial aid: Commitments to increase the amount or number of grants and scholarships available to students with financial need.

Outreach: Commitments to expand outreach efforts with high schools and community colleges to increase mentoring, recruiting, and advising.

Enrollment: Commitments to increase enrollment of low-income students, including efforts to ease the transferring process from community colleges.

Technology: Commitments to expand online education programs and deliver information about the college-application process.

Remedial education: Commitments to push students to excel beyond remedial-level coursework and establish new college-readiness assessment policies.

College preparation: Commitments to prepare low-income and first-generation students for the rigor of college-level coursework with programs including "summer bridge" and dual enrollment.

STEM Focus: Commitments to place special emphasis to prepare, recruit, and fund students to take science, technology, engineering, and math classes.

Community Engagement: Commitments to ensure that students, particularly low-income, first-generation students, assimilate gracefully to college life through learning communities, first-year experiences, and placements in research and internships.