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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Sept. 8, 2006 -- No. 415

Conference presenters address access
to higher education, available to media

Media teleconference
Monday, Sept. 11
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT
Sun Room, Carolina Inn
Dial in: (919) 962-2732

Reporters, editors and columnists are invited to participate in a conference call with key presenters at "The Politics of Inclusion: Higher Education at a Crossroads," a national conference being hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The meeting, which runs Sept. 10-13, is intended to influence policy and shape practices to help solve the complex issues of access and affordability in American higher education.

Those scheduled to participate in the conference call are:

Bowen will present Monday night's keynote address, "A Democratic Polity for Higher Education: Who Should American Colleges and Universities Educate in the 21st Century ... and Why?" Bowen is the author or co-author of 20 books, including the award-winning "Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education" (2005) with Martin A. Kurzwel and Eugene M. Tobin.

Moeser, who has championed the university's groundbreaking Carolina Covenant since its inception in 2003, delivers the Monday morning keynote, "The Will and the Way: Higher Education at a Crossroads." The Covenant enables students from families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level to attend Carolina debt-free.

Ort, considered the Covenant's architect, was able to attend college only because she received a scholarship. Today, she administers $200 million in student aid to more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. She will present an overview of the conference on Wednesday morning and will introduce a practicum for student financial aid administrators with newly established programs designed to recruit and aid low- and moderate-income students.

The conference is sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the College Foundation of North Carolina.

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Conference agenda, speaker bios and abstracts: www.unc.edu/inclusion/.
Conference advisory: http://www.unc.edu/news/media/2006/politicsinclusionadvisory082906.html
Carolina Covenant site: http://www.unc.edu/carolinacovenant/

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