9/30/2013 Peter Durantine

Porterfield to be Featured Panelist for NBC News 'Education Nation' Summit, Oct. 7

Reflecting Franklin & Marshall College's leadership in initiatives to promote college success for talented students from all backgrounds, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield is one of four college presidents nationwide who will participate as panelists in NBCUniversal News Group's "Education Nation" Summit 2013.

The fourth annual event, taking place Sunday through Tuesday, Oct. 6-8, in New York City, features the country’s leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy and media tackling this year's theme, "What It Takes" to help students succeed in the American higher education system.

Porterfield will share F&M's successes and propose national solutions as part of the panel, "A Path to Higher Ed," that will stream live online at EducationNation.com at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, with portions of the summit being featured on MSNBC, “NBC Nightly News,” “TODAY” and NBC's other digital platforms. The panel will focus on how to help low-income students find the right fit for college and achieve at high levels.

  • Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield is one of four college presidents nationwide who will participate in NBCUniversal News Group's "Education Nation" Summit 2013. Porterfield will share F&M's successes in helping students achieve a college education and propose national solutions as part of the panel "A Path to Higher Ed." (Photo by Eric Forberger)

"The three-day gathering brings together more than 300 of the country’s thought leaders … helping to engage the U.S. in an unprecedented discussion about how to improve education and prepare our youth for the jobs of the future," NBCUniversa explains in its press materials about the summit.

Porterfield joins education advocates including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Children's Defense Fund Founder and President Marian Wright Edelman, AOL Chairman and CEO Timothy Armstrong, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and celebrities who serve on or have founded organizations supporting education, such as filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. These and many other featured panelists will discuss the relationship between education and opportunity in town hall meetings and panel discussions at the New York Public Library.

The panelists joining Porterfield for the "A Path to Higher Ed" discussion Oct. 7 are:

  • David Coleman, the ninth president and CEO of the 113-year-old College Board. Under his leadership, the College Board's Access to Opportunity campaign aims to empower more students to explore the full range of college options available to them, and attend colleges where they are equipped to succeed.
  • Caroline Hoxby, an economics professor at Stanford University and co-author of "The Missing One-Offs," a study that has received national attention for its exploration of the "hidden" group of high-achieving, low-income students who miss college opportunities by virtue of their socioeconomic status and geographic location. Her research focuses on education and local public economies.
  • Tanisha Kwaaning, an English teacher and OneGoal Program Director at Christian Fenger Academy High School. OneGoal is a college persistence program for high school students in Chicago and Houston.

"F&M has always been a leader in finding, cultivating and launching talent," Porterfield said. "It's important for educators nationwide to learn about our successes, and for F&M to be part of the national conversation for identifying the best pathways for ensuring stunning student achievement."

The other three college presidents selected as panelists for the summit are Mitchell Daniels Jr. of Purdue University, Freeman Hrabowski III of University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Paul LeBlanc of Southern New Hampshire University.

NBCUniversal selected Porterfield because of F&M's national leadership in guiding efforts to increase pathways for talented students to colleges that match their academic ability, according to summit organizers. The College's efforts include a significant increase in financial aid and the launch in 2011 of F&M College Prep, which provides a pre-college immersion program on campus for students from across the country and has had a 100 percent success rate in participants enrolling in college.

F&M has established partnerships and relationships with Lancaster's local public schools and K-12 education and college access networks, including KIPP, Cristo Rey, Noble, Achievement First, College Track, rural Pennsylvania public schools through the National College Advising Corps, College Match, Uncommon Schools and other school networks.

F&M also has earned national recognition for its focus on student success in and beyond college. F&M boasts a unique position in higher education, the senior associate dean for planning and analysis of student outcomes, and the College launched in 2012 its Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, focusing on students' personal development, as well as preparing them for post-graduate academic, civic and professional opportunities.

Members of the F&M campus community, alumni and parents will receive invitations to watch the "Education Nation" summit through a media player embedded Oct. 7 on the College's website.

NBCUniversal launched the summit in fall 2010, bringing together policy-makers, government officials, educators, business leaders and others who can influence progressive change in education to address the most pressing education issues facing the country.

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