Statement by the President: the Pathways to College Network (12/6/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I applaud today?s announcement of the Pathways to College Network, an
important partnership that will complement our GEAR UP and TRIO initiatives
by helping to put disadvantaged students on track to a college education.
While more and more Americans are enrolling in college, too many
disadvantaged students in America still lack the support, resources,
motivation, and high expectations that they need to succeed.

     In today's information economy, education may be the best investment
of a lifetime.  Over the past eight years, we have made the largest
investment in higher education since the G.I. Bill by increasing Pell
grants and creating the Hope Scholarship, the Lifetime Learning tax credit,
and direct student loans.  To help more disadvantaged students get on track
for college success, we created the GEAR UP initiative and expanded
resources for TRIO.

     The Pathways to College Network will build on our effort to expand
college opportunities by researching successful programs and using the
results to help students across the country.  I salute the commitment made
by six prominent foundations including the Ford and Gates Foundations,
leading non-profit groups dedicated to college opportunity, and Secretary
of Education Riley.  The Network recognizes that elementary and secondary
schools, colleges, universities, and communities must work together if we
are to successfully address this issue.  There is no higher priority than
continuing to work to ensure that all Americans have access to a quality


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