President Obama has apparently invited higher education leaders to the White House to discuss college costs.

According to an article by Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post:

President Obama is scheduled to meet privately with a small group of university and college presidents Monday morning for a candid discussion about why higher education costs so much — and if that price tag is hindering accessibility and graduation rates.

While college presidents often meet with federal officials to discuss these issues, this meeting has been deemed unusual, as it was announced at the last minute and will be held behind closed doors with Obama. And it is happening at a crucial time, as student loan debt is poised to hit $1 trillion, administrators and coaches are paid hefty salaries and students occupy their campuses in protest.

Officials discussing the great mystery of college costs apparently include the chancellor of the State University of New York, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, the chancellor of the University System of Maryland, the head of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and the president of California State University at Long Beach.

Additional guests include the president of Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College, the president of Carnegie Mellon University, the president of the tuition-free Berea College, and the president of the all-online Western Governors University.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer