Hrabowski and Kirwan meet with Obama to discuss price tag for college
UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III and university system Chancellor William E. Kirwan were among a group of education leaders who met with president Barack Obama on Monday to discuss strategies for controlling college costs.
“He made it very clear that he’s concerned about American families’ ability pay for college,” Hrabowski said of Obama. “I was encouraged by the president’s willingness to listen carefully.”
Hrabowski said he and Kirwan described Maryland’s efforts to improve efficiency in its system and to redesign entry-level courses so students don’t waste money by failing them. The UMBC president added that the presence of two Maryland leaders in a group of only a dozen experts showed the esteem with which the state’s university system is regarded.
“Maryland is really admired for the innovation of its practices,” Hrabowski said.
Hrabowski said he expected the discussion at the White House to be the first of many on the way to producing substantive policy changes.
A White House spokesman said Obama, “conveyed the urgent need to pursue bold and innovative solutions to help more Americans attain a higher education at an affordable price.”