As Honorary Chancellor, President Clinton will advise this group of universities in areas such as social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education. He will also encourage civic engagement and youth leadership on important social issues during his appearances at university campuses and in print and online messages to the nearly 600,000 students in the Laureate network.
“Last year I had the opportunity to visit Laureate’s universities in Spain, Brazil and Peru to speak to students, faculty, and the communities that they serve,” said President Clinton. “These private universities exemplify the same principles of innovation and social responsibility in education that we worked to advance during my Presidency and now through my Foundation, and I am pleased to support their mission to expand access to higher education, particularly in the developing world.”
A little over a year ago, I wrote a post (Laureate keeps building a global brand) about Laureate’s building of a high-quality global brand. In addition to focusing on ever-increasing educational quality in their system, they have long recognized the importance of working with groups such as the World Bank to increase access to education, and in participating at international higher education meetings. The appointment of President Clinton as Honorary Chancellor will help greatly to increase their visibility and brand globally.
With its focus on educating the growing and underserved Hispanic population in the United States, NHU complements Laureate International Universities' mission of providing broad access to higher education.
According to the Mercury News:
A new, nonprofit foundation made up of the current trustees will own the property and continue to run the college's charter high school on campus. Laureate will operate the university and pay unspecified rent to the foundation. In addition, the foundation will have three seats on a new NHU board set up by Laureate.
The Mercury News also reports that Laureate hopes to add up to 8000 online students within 5 years, and possibly open other campuses of NHU around the country. Again, according to the Mercury News, Paula Singer, the President and CEO of the Laureate Higher Education Group:
said NHU offered Laureate an opportunity to tap into a large pool of Hispanic youths who can't afford traditional, campus-based education or don't have time because they work.
It will be interesting to see how Laureate succeeds in expanding educational opportunities to this group without running into the high student debt problems that many other for-profit, online programs have encountered.