Summit focuses on ways to make higher education more accessible

Gov. Gina Raimondo talks to reporters at a higher education summit at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (WJAR)

Leaders from around the world gathered in Rhode Island on Friday to figure out how more students can have access to higher education.

More than 50 educational leaders met at the Community College of Rhode Island to brainstorm ways to to give students more opportunity.

The panel included about two dozen speakers, sharing their research on how to accomplish Gov. Gina Raimondo's goal to get more than two-thirds of Rhode Island students into higher education in the next decade.

It was a think-tank. People collaborated to see how they can make education more affordable so that more college graduates can join the Rhode Island workforce.

"I would like some of these funders to invest in Rhode Island. I want some concrete action plans to come out of the meeting. I've set the goal, 70 percent by 2025. They need to make the plans and they need to make it happen," Raimondo told NBC 10.

Some of the speakers included local college and university presidents, as well as other other policy makers.

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