News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

On Feb. 5, President Jordan joined nearly 100 presidents and provosts from across the nation at the 2019 American Talent Initiative Presidential Summit, working to advance the common goal of increasing college access and success for students regardless of income.

ATI seeks to enroll 50,000 additional low- and moderate-income students by 2025.

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) is a Bloomberg Philanthropies-supported collaboration between the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Ithaka S+R, and a growing alliance of colleges and universities dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students. ATI members—all graduating at least 70 percent of their students within six years—have joined together to address this challenge.

The American Talent Initiative was inspired by decades of work by individual colleges and universities to expand college opportunity as well as research documenting that tens of thousands of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students are unable to gain accessat top colleges and universities.

Inspired by this institutional action, leading research and a deep beliefin meritocracy, Bloomberg Philanthropies convenedcollege presidents and higher educationthought leadersfor multiple conversations about how to address challenges facing high-achieving, lower-income students.

ATIis a direct outgrowth of those conversations andreflects Bloomberg’s commitmentto findingpractical, collaborative, results-oriented, and data-informed solutionsto complex challenges. Itis a companion effort to the Bloomberg Philanthropies-supportedCollegePointinitiative, which provides virtual, high quality college and financial aid advising to thousands of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students across the United States.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...