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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about jobs and the economy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about jobs and the economy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh January 15, 2014. Obama's visit is aimed at drawing attention to a manufacturing initiative he promised last year to identify hubs linking ground-breaking research with businesses that could use the innovation commercially. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION BUSINESS)

Obama urges action on expanding college access

Yahoo NewsJanuary 17, 2014

His education agenda mired in Congress, President Barack Obama is urging university presidents to copy each other's best examples to expand access to higher education, highlighting his efforts to use presidential persuasion in the absence of legislation.

"More than ever a college degree is the surest path to a stable middle class life," Obama told more than 100 college and university presidents and the leaders of more than 40 nonprofit and other education groups who he summoned to the White House Thursday. (AP)

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