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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Applauds New UW-Madison Commitments to Expand College Opportunity

Jan 16, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today applauded University of Wisconsin-Madison’s strengthened commitment to expand college opportunity. The new initiatives, which are focused on increasing college accessibility for low-income students, will be announced today in Washington, D.C., by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank at a White House Summit on college opportunity.

“With a college degree now more important than ever to securing a quality job, we must guarantee that the doors to higher education are open to all of our students, regardless of economic status,” Pocan said. “I applaud Chancellor Blank and UW-Madison for recognizing the issues at hand and committing to new initiatives that will help ensure all qualified students in Wisconsin can access the excellent education the university provides.”

In addition to building on current efforts, UW-Madison will expand its premier pipeline programs, including the Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) program that reaches low-income students across the state of Wisconsin. The PEOPLE program provides pre-college programming, including career and college advice, and financial aid information, and presently involves nearly 900 pre-college students and over 350 matriculated college students. 

UW-Madison will also establish an Institute for Science Education (ISE), which would work with K-12 schools on programming to increase student interest in pursuing STEM degree programs, targeting schools serving low-income students.  The ISE also would work closely with first and second year students to provide mentoring regarding careers in STEM, complementing existing STEM initiatives on campus such as the Women in Science and Engineering Learning Community.

UW-Madison will also improve financial aid advising to prospective low-income students and enrolled students, through increased staffing and increased financial aid for lower-income students through a new capital campaign.

A full list of the university’s commitments can be found here.