News Release

UDM President Participating in Education Symposium with U.S. Secretary of Education

In an effort to meet President Obama's 2020 goal to make the United States once again the country with the highest college attainment rate in the world, more than 40 practitioners, policy experts, researchers and higher education administrators were selected to participate in a one-day education symposium on Jan. 30 in Washington, D.C. University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi participated in the event. Dr. Garibaldi was chosen for his years of research on the topic and implementing academic support and retention programs.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan convened the educators with many of the nation's leading researchers and policy experts to identify evidence-based best practices that work to increase college completion in America. Duncan addressed the symposium, challenging participants to think creatively about ways to substantially boost college completion.

Sessions highlighted ways to support students' achievement through accelerated programs, learning communities and bridge programs as well as through advising, coaching and mentoring. The symposium also focused on affordable and innovative ways to promote college completion for all citizens.

Release date: January 30, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.