U.S. Under Secretary of Education to Speak Oct. 14

Ted Mitchell will discuss improving access to higher education and accelerating completion of college degrees

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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell will visit Riverside on Friday, Oct. 14, to discuss with education leaders and students how to improve access to higher education, among other issues. His all-day visit will conclude with a symposium at UCR at 4 p.m.

RIVERSIDE, California – U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell will discuss improving access to higher education, increasing affordability, enhancing quality, and accelerating college completion in a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside.

The symposium will be held in HUB 302. Parking will be free for this event in Lot 24. Reservations are requested and may be made online.

Mitchell, a former president of the California State Board of Education and of Occidental College, will participate in a Q&A with UCR Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri and the audience after his speech.

The under secretary’s appearance at UCR will conclude a full day of meetings with education leaders and students in Riverside. His morning schedule includes a tour of Riverside City College and meetings with officials of Riverside County high schools and community colleges as part of the Riverside County Education Collaborative, and the Riverside County Office of Education.

He will meet with UC Riverside faculty, students and administrators in the afternoon before delivering his speech at 4 p.m.

Mitchell has served as under secretary of education since May 8, 2014, when the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination by President Barack Obama. In that role, he oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult, career, and technical education, federal student aid, the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the White House Initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Educational Excellence for African Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

He also is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world” as measured by the proportion of college graduates by the year 2020.

Mitchell is the former CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund. In addition to his service with the state Board of Education and Occidental College, he was vice chancellor and dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College.

He earned bachelor’s, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.

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