Three GBC board members attend Obama’s college opportunity summit

Morgan State University President David Wilson, Community College of Baltimore County President Sandra Kurtinitis and University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan attended President Barack Obama’s “Expanding College Opportunity” daylong conference Thursday, Jan. 16, at the White House.

Wilson, Kurtinitis and Kirwan joined 100 other college presidents and 40 other civic leaders and education advocates who agreed to take action to help high-need students get a college education.

Maryland is currently developing transition courses to support students in meeting college and career readiness standards while still enrolled in high school. Transition courses will be in place in Maryland public high schools by the 2016-17 school year, according to the “Commitments to Action on College Opportunity” report issued by the Executive Office of the President this month.

In the same report, CCBC’s Accelerated Learning program and Culturally Responsive Teaching training programs are included as specific measures Kurtinitis and her administration are taking to improve higher education opportunities.

Morgan State University’s NEXUS readiness pairing program with CCBC is highlighted, as is its Reclamation Project, which focuses attention and financial resources on students who have left the university in good academic standing to help them complete their degrees.

The University System of Maryland (USM) committed to expanding its Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program, which identified low-income students in 10th grade with college potential and supporting them through baccalaureate programs at USM institutions.

For the full report, click here.

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