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Today, Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon joins President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

Governors State University, along with five partner community colleges, commits to collectively producing an additional 10,295 graduates by 2025. To meet this goal, GSU has developed a three-pronged strategy which includes: 1) the Dual Degree Program (DDP), a collaboration with seventeen community college partners to increase the number of students who attain an associate degree, transfer, and complete a bachelor’s degree; 2) providing students in the region with a highly-structured, four-year program to achieve the baccalaureate degree; 3) and, through collaboration with the Lumina Foundation, an emerging consortium of universities committed to returning adult students.