UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to Participate at NBC Education Nation Summit

AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., will be among several participants invited to attend NBC News' Education Nation Summit 2011 in New York City. The summit – now in its second year – takes place from Sept. 25 - 27 at Rockefeller Center.

The invitation-only event will bring together students, educators, business leaders, elected officials, parents and policymakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of education across the nation.

Cigarroa will serve on the panel "A Matter of Degrees: Measuring the Value of Higher Education" along with Drew Faust, president of Harvard University, Franco Harris, chairman of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Promise and G. Edward Hughes, president of Gateway Community & Technical College. The panel will be moderated by NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

The panel discussion is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 27. The public may view the discussion via a live webcast hosted on EducationNation.com.

UT Brownsville President Juliet Garcia will participate on a separate panel regarding the same topic.

For more information on the summit and a complete agenda, visit NBC's dedicated website Education Nation 2011.

About NBC News' Education Nation

Education Nation seeks to create a thoughtful, well-informed dialogue with policymakers, thought-leaders, educators, parents and the public, in pursuit of the shared goal of providing every American with an opportunity to achieve the best education in the world. These discussions cover the challenges, potential solutions and innovations spanning the education landscape. By providing quality information to the public, NBC News hopes to educate Americans so they can make decisions about how best to improve our education system both in the near and long terms, and to shine a spotlight on one of the most urgent national issues of our time.

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About The University of Texas System

The University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $13.1 billion (FY 2012) including $2.5 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Preliminary student enrollment exceeded 211,000 in the 2010 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 87,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.