Another White House Meeting on College Costs

Apparently the White House plans to host an event do discuss college costs. In December president Obama had a similar meeting, mostly with the presidents of state universities, to discuss strategies to make college cheaper for students.

This latest event is scheduled for next Friday. According to a piece at Inside Higher Ed:

Another group of college presidents and chancellors has been invited to the White House for a meeting on college affordability and productivity. Details about the meeting… are scant, including whether President Obama will attend.

According to an email forwarded to Inside Higher Ed by a person connected to an invited guest, “administration officials will engage presidents and chancellors in exploring constructive solutions to bringing down college costs, making higher education more affordable and attainable, and regaining America’s global leadership in higher education attainment.”

The White House has not provided the public with a list of the invited guests, though I would have recommended state governors; it’s declining state funding for public colleges that’s the primary driver of higher college costs for students.

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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