U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell will speak at the Sustaining the Momentum for Innovation in Higher Education Convening: Increasing Equity by Reducing Costs and Strengthening Quality, in Washington, D.C. at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Mitchell will highlight the state of innovation in higher education, and recognize progress over the past several years, as driven by the Obama Administration’s actions and leadership from the field.
The convening will also include remarks from Kyle Lierman, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, Ajita Talwalker Menon, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education at the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative.
The Obama Administration has worked to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality, affordable higher education or credential that offers a clear path to economic security and success. There are many efforts across the higher education community to explore new ideas and affordable models for offering a quality education, such as short-term credential options, and online or blended skills training that is responsive to the need for accountable innovation. These programs can be accessible, affordable, and customized to the needs of a diverse student population.