The History of the National Conference on Higher Education

Chaka FattahMomentumThe National Conference on Higher Education was originally founded as the Graduate Opportunities Conference in 1987 by Chaka Fattah, a State Senator at the time. Chaka Fattah, currently a Congressman representing the 2nd District in Pennsylvania, designed the two-day conference in an effort to increase enrollment of underrepresented students in graduate and professional schools. For many years the conference attendees were either Pennsylvania residents or students attending Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning. More recently, as Mr. Fattah has ascended to the national stage, the conference has expanded to students that attend from as far south as North Carolina. more..


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