U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will visit Purdue University and Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis later this month as part of his sixth annual back-to-school bus tour. This year’s theme is "Ready for Success" and includes 11 stops in seven states. 

In a press release, the U.S. Department of Education says the tour will "celebrate how states and local communities are working to increase access and opportunity from early learning through college." The Secretary’s visit to West Lafayette is also part of Purdue’s Presidential Lecture Series.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the Purdue community to discuss the challenges in higher education," Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. "Our audience can look forward to talking with Secretary Duncan about accessibility, affordability, quality, academic research and whether it’s addressing the world’s greatest challenges, and the entire range of debate now centered on higher education."

Duncan will speak at the university on September 16 at 2:15pm in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. 

In addition to Purdue and Indianapolis, Duncan will bus tour will stop in Kansas City, Missouri; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Champaign and Williamsfield, Illinois; Louisville; Cincinnati; and Pittsburgh.

Duncan is the ninth U.S. education secretary and has served in his post since January 2009. He served as chief executive officer for Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2008. 

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