The Higher RI Summit was an opportunity to hear from education and industry leaders, lawmakers, community members, students and many others as part of the state’s efforts to increase the number of Rhode Islanders with a postsecondary degree or credential. The core of the summit comprised four discussion panels on equity, affordability, workforce innovation, and strengthening partnerships (see full agenda).
Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier hosted the event, and featured guests included Governor Gina Raimondo; Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation; Dr. David Dooley, President of the University of Rhode Island; Dr. Meghan Hughes, President of the Community College of Rhode Island; and Dr. Frank Sánchez, President of Rhode Island College, along with a host of national, state, and local leaders. See agenda for full list of panelists.
The summit was organized by the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, a public agency supporting the work of the Council on Postsecondary Education in providing an excellent, accessible and affordable system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational attainment of the citizens of Rhode Island, support economic development, and enrich the civic, social and cultural life of all living in the state of Rhode Island.
The event was sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.
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