Officials at the University of Michigan say they hope President Barack Obama's campus speech will prompt more people to think about the importance of college affordability and its role in strengthening U.S. global competitiveness.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Detroit area Thursday night before his speech Friday in Ann Arbor. He's on a three-day, post-State of the Union tour of politically crucial states to promote his 2012 economic policy goals.
Last month, school President Mary Sue Coleman wrote an open letter to Mr. Obama describing college affordability as "a thorny issue that demands a national conversation." She'll be among those on hand for the speech.
Hundreds of students ignored darkness and cold weather to line up starting late Wednesday for tickets, which were given out Thursday.