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Improving College Access for Low-Income Students


Just 11 percent of first-generation, lower-income students will have degrees within six years of enrolling in a postsecondary institution. Many of these students have difficulty navigating the college admissions process and selecting schools that provide an adequately supportive learning environment. Moderated by Morning Education’s Caitlin Emma, this panel discussion will explore how K-12 educators can better prepare these students for advanced studies, as well as discuss how to improve the enrollment and graduation rates of these learners.

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  1. Deep dive into the statistics on first-generation and low-income college students, and the causes behind these startling numbers.
  2. Learn how educators, corporations and other organizations can support students as they navigate the challenging college admissions process.
  3. Explore alternatives, success stories and case studies showcasing strategies for improving college enrollment numbers.


  • Jamie Sears, Director and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Programs at UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, The UBS Wealth Management Americas
  • Bob Obrohta, Executive Director, Tennessee College Access and Success Network
  • Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District, Houston Independent School District
  • Caitlin Emma, Education Reporter, Politico


Alycia Chanin, Communications Coord, Discovery Education

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