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SDSU To Host White House Education Conference

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A two-day White House conference aimed at helping high school counselors motivate more students to get college degrees will be held at San Diego State University next month, the university announced Wednesday.

"The White House convening at SDSU aligns with our university's strong focus on leadership and excellence," said Trish Hatch, director of SDSU's school counseling program. "We are proud to prepare school counselors as leaders, advocates and systems change agents — with a particular focus on addressing, and removing, access and opportunity barriers to college readiness for all students."

In January, President Barack Obama outlined a higher education initiative in which he wanted to improve college affordability, lower student debt and remove barriers to competition and innovation. First lady Michelle Obama wants to see more young people earning college degrees.

Hatch said counselors and advocates from 30 states are scheduled to attend the conference, while other groups will watch a video feed.

The Nov. 17-18 conference will include representatives of the White House's College Opportunity Agenda and the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative. A similar event was held at Harvard University this past summer.


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