As one of UT's leaders spent time at the White House, the University announced it will be implementing three new programs to help recruit and retain more low-income students.

University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek was at the White House Thursday for an education summit about increasing college access for low-income students, according to a UT press release.

President Obama and the First Lady hosted the event, which included education heads alongside leaders from nonprofits, state governments, and businesses.

Before attending the summit, each participating university was asked to come up with plans to expand opportunities for students.

UT will be rolling out three new programs it says will help recruit and encourage low-income students.

First, it plans to expand a pilot program that will help coach students who face barriers. The school plans to hire professional coaches that will help eligible students effectively transition to college life, while also developing strategies to help students complete their degree.

Second, UT will start hosting a summer math camp for incoming freshmen who are interested in math-intensive majors, but do not have strong ACT math scores. The camp will be designed to help students develop the necessary math skills or help identify majors that interest them but have less focus on math. UT plans to launch the summer math camp this summer.

And finally, the university will work to expand transfer programs with community colleges. UT said it will invest further in staff and materials to help students go to the university after attending community college.

The White House said its planning to stream Thursday's education summit live on its website.

Original Story:
(WBIR) University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek will be at the White House on Thursday for an event on expanding college opportunities, UT confirmed to WBIR.

According to a White House press release, President Obama and the First Lady are hosting the event which will include education heads alongside leaders from nonprofits, state governments and businesses.

The White House is planning to stream the event live online on its website.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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