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UW-Madison chancellor taking part in summit to help low-income kids attend college

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank will take part in a White House summit Thursday on ways to help low-income students go to college.  

The Chronicle of Higher Education says about 140 university presidents are attending, mainly from state flagships and elite schools. All the participants had to commit to specific steps for helping more low-income students start and finish college.  

UW-Madison says Blank will devote part of the donations from an upcoming UW Foundation fundraising campaign to increase financial aid that's based on need. The Madison campus also plans to create an Institute for Science Education, to advise students on science, technology, engineering, and math-based careers.  

The school also says it will expand two other campus programs to boost low-income student enrollments.  

Blank -- a former acting commerce secretary in the Obama White House -- says the UW has worked hard to make sure low-income families have access to Madison. However, she says, "There is more we can and should be doing."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)