Savannah Tribune - President Bleicken Travels to Washington
(Published April 10, 2012 - Savannah Tribune)
On Friday, March 26, Armstrong Atlantic State University president Linda Bleicken took part in a roundtable discussion at the White House in Washington, D.C., with two dozen fellow presidents from state colleges and universities, as part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Council of State Representatives. Dr. Bleicken represents the state of Georgia on the Council.
The White House invited the AASCU Council to discuss the responsibility public colleges and universities have to help make college affordable and to contribute to student success and completion. The subject is closely linked to the Obama administration’s agenda to increase the number of Americans with higher education credentials from the current level of 43 percent to 60 percent by 2020. “Student success and fostering a supportive learning environment are Armstrong’s top strategic goals and key components of the University System of Georgia’s Complete College Georgia higher education completion plan. Efforts at both the federal and state level support these goals,” said Dr. Bleicken. Key among the meeting’s results was the agreement that the federal government must continue to work with state colleges and universities to keep costs manageable through continued support for Pell funding and other programs so students can achieve a higher education.