Amid a federal push to boost college graduation rates, Higher Education officials in Kansas and Missouri are talking about barriers to entering and completing college.
University and community college leaders gathered Tuesday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Topics included the rising cost of Higher Education and helping students who are illegal immigrants navigate college. Officials also shared strategies for recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented populations.
University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little described leaving her segregated community in North Carolina for college and getting no help from parents paying the bills. Gray-Little became the university's first black chancellor. She said it's crucial that college remains an option for bright students regardless of their circumstances.