UCR Chancellor Participates in D.C. College Access Workshop

Kim Wilcox is among dozens of national education leaders attending White House summit

Kim Wilcox

Chancellor Kim Wilcox is participating in a White House Workshop on College Opportunity in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox is one of dozens of national education leaders from 10 states participating today in a White House Workshop on College Opportunity.  He is part of the delegation sent to the summit from Riverside County.

The event, convened by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is bringing together superintendents and school district representatives, higher education officials, and business and community leaders from various districts to discuss ways to collaborate to increase college access and success.  Various school districts from Riverside County to Albany County, N.Y., are participating.

“Bold action is needed to develop innovative commitments that will promote real progress toward college completion and help us again lead the world in college graduation,” said Secretary Duncan. “The vision and actions shared during today’s session will help move us in that direction and help open the doors of college to every American.”

Riverside County participants include:

  • Kenn Young, Superintendent, Riverside County Office of Education
  • Dr. Judy White, Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Michael McCormick, Assistant Superintendent, Val Verde Unified School District
  • Mark LeNoir, Principal in Residence, Riverside County Office of Education
  • Dr. Sandra Mayo, President, Moreno Valley College, Riverside Community College District
  • Ms. Robin Kisinger, California Division Director, Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • Pat Kelly, Superintendent, Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • Tim Ritter, Superintendent, Temecula Valley Unified School District
  • Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, UC Riverside

Earlier this year, the White House and the Department of Education began working with leaders from more than 140 colleges, nonprofits, foundations and other organizations to spur new action in:

  • Connecting more low-income students to a college that is a good fit for them and ensuring that more graduate.
  • Increasing the pool of students preparing for college through early interventions.
  • Leveling the playing field in college advising and SAT/ACT test preparation.
  • Strengthening remediation to help academically underprepared students progress through and complete college.

Thursday’s meeting will cull some of the best ideas from around the country as the White House and U.S. Department of Education continue to collaborate on how to make college more affordable and within reach of every American.



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