Cal State Long Beach leader attends White House college meeting
Cal State Long Beach President F. King Alexander was among several educators who attended a private meeting with President Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss ways to increase college access and affordability.
A news release from the White House said the meeting brought together senior officials, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a dozen higher education leaders to discuss rising college costs and strategies to reduce those costs while improving quality.
The meeting comes at a time of growing protests by students in California and around the country over higher tuition costs. Meanwhile, outstanding student loan debt will exceed $1 trillion for the first time this year, according to government data.
“This meeting certainly validated Cal State Long Beach’s efforts and the California State University’s statewide graduation initiative to ensure that our students have every opportunity possible to graduate with a high quality CSU education and with some of the nation’s lowest student loan debt,” Alexander said in a statement after the meeting.