Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little could’ve addressed her letter to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but she’s delivering this one in person instead.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to personally accept the letter — signed by Gray-Little and 78 other leaders of public universities — from KU’s chancellor and three other university CEOs today during a White House event as part of Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign. The campaign is an ongoing effort to boost excellence in science, technology, engineering and math education.
The event is set for noon and can be seen via webcast at WhiteHouse.gov/live.
Gray-Little will be representing UKanTeach, a Kansas University program launched in 2007 to improve recruitment, education and licensure of teachers for math and science. The program aims to increase the number of annual graduates from 20 in 2006 to 120 by 2014.
The letter she’ll be delivering carries a pledge from university leaders to “substantially increase the number and diversity of high-quality science and mathematics teachers we prepare, and to build better partnerships among universities, community colleges, school systems, state governments, business and other stakeholders.”
Also included is a pledge from KU, 38 other schools and three university systems to at least double the number of science and math teacher graduates by 2015.