President Kathleen Harring Joins American Talent Initiative Steering Committee

Harring will work with presidents across the country to meet the ATI goals.

By: Meghan Kita  Wednesday, June 15, 2022 01:33 PM

The American Talent Initiative (ATI) is a nationwide consortium of 128 colleges and universities committed to expanding higher education access for low- and moderate-income students. The goal of ATI member institutions is to attract, enroll and graduate 50,000 additional high-achieving low- and moderate-income students by 2025. Muhlenberg joined ATI in 2018, and President Kathleen Harring was named to its steering committee this April.

“I am excited to work with presidents across the country, from both small colleges and large universities, in order to meet the ATI goals,” Harring says. “It’s a very collaborative partnership. We are working together in order to increase access to top colleges and universities.”

Muhlenberg has made significant progress over the past decade enrolling a diverse student population. In the fall 2011 entering class, just 8.6 percent of first-year students were eligible for Pell grants, which are awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need. That percentage increased to 21.1 percent of students entering in the fall of 2021.