Bridging the College Gap: Preparing Low-Income Students to Succeed
Monday, April 28, 2014 / 10:45 am - 11:45 am


Thomas Boysen, Managing Director, Momentum Schooling

Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University
Michael Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF
Ana Rowena McCullough, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Quest Scholars Program and Questbridge
George Weiss, Founder and Chairman, Say Yes to Education; CEO, Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC
Elaine Wynn, National Chairman, Communities In Schools; President, Nevada State Board of Education

The education gulf between rich and poor continues to dog college enrollment. Two-thirds of high school graduates from the nation's wealthiest families enroll in four-year colleges, yet only one in five low-income students joins them. But, importantly, it's not money that primarily defines this "college gap." Rising tuition indeed is an important concern, but the best predictor of whether a student will complete a bachelor's degree is the intensity and quality of his or her high-school curriculum. Our panel of leading experts and educators examines the disparity and potential solutions. What are universities doing to encourage and enroll poor students? What schools are bucking the trend, and how? What independent resources can students access? Can collaborative strategies be scaled to address the issue on a national basis?