University | 4:09 pm | December 24, 2013 | By Matthew Lloyd-Thomas

Salovey’s D.C. visit postponed

University President Peter Salovey’s visit to the White House for a conference on the success of low-income students – postponed two weeks ago by the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela – has been rescheduled for January 16.

Salovey will join roughly 140 leaders in education, philanthropy, business and government. President Obama has reportedly asked attendees to arrive with quantifiable goals for improvement in a variety of fields, notably remedial education success rates, enrollment of lower-income students and student support services.

“The primary issue I wanted to discuss is bridge programs and how best to design them for the summer between high school and college,” Salovey told the News earlier this month.

Bridge programs provide a significant advantage to first-generation college students, Salovey said, by helping them learn about college culture before the beginning of the academic year.

Salovey also said that he also planned to talk about the need for better outreach to students who may not typically apply to Yale. He added that he also planned to discuss reaffirming Yale’s financial aid policies.

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