White House Summit Gathers College Leaders Who Pledged to Expand Access

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President Obama's administration has invited some 140 college leaders to a summit this week. To get in the door, they had to commit to taking concrete steps to help more low-income students enroll in and complete college.

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President Obama's administration has invited some 140 college leaders to a summit this week. To get in the door, they had to commit to taking concrete steps to help more low-income students enroll in and complete college.

The White House won't say who is coming to its higher-education summit on Thursday, but it looks as if elite institutions and state flagships will be well represented, and for-profit colleges will be scarcer.

On Tuesday the leaders of several selective institutions and large public universities confirmed to The Chronicle that they planned to attend the event, which will focus on expanding college access for needy students.

Roughly 140 colleges are expected to attend.