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UW's Blank part of Obama education summit


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The University of Wisconsin will be part of a national plan to make sure all children have the chance at a higher education.

UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank joined President Obama, the First Lady and other education leaders at an education summit in Washington on Thursday.

The Obamas brought together leaders from more than 100 colleges and vowed to help low-income students.

President Obama said part of his plan is keeping tuition prices down.

"The government is not going to be able to continually subsidize a system in which higher education inflation is going up faster than health care inflation. So I've laid out a plan to bring down costs and make sure that students are not saddled with debt before they even start out in life," said the president.

He also said improving college access for low-income students could transform economic mobility in the U.S.-. 

UW's Blank made some commitments for the university, including  the expansion of its college pipeline programs, establishing an institute for science education to get low-income kids interested in science and increased advising to low-income students and prospective students.

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