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ERIC Number: EJ869092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-26
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Kanter Gets Candid about Accelerating American Achievement
Dervarics, Charles
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n21 p8-9 Dec 2009
For Dr. Martha Kanter, the Education Department's chief point person for higher education, the priorities are many: more Pell Grant funding, an ambitious plan to raise college-graduation rates and a bill in Congress with major student loan reforms. But a conversation with the Education Department's under secretary invariably turns to her experiences as a community college administrator working with low-income students--the target audience for many of the Obama administration's proposed initiatives. In an interview with "Diverse", the department's third-highest-ranking official outlined the Obama administration's plans to help more low-income youth succeed in higher education. But she also included anecdotes from her career in community colleges, serving on the front lines of efforts to increase postsecondary access and success. Her background is particularly important as the Obama administration pursues its higher education priorities. Community colleges are central to a White House goal to restore the U.S. as an international leader in the share of citizens with postsecondary degrees. Despite this community college focus, Kanter says the Obama administration is seeking broader solutions that focus on the education pipeline from early childhood to higher education. Looking long term, Kanter also wants to boost college and university involvement in international issues, including globalization and climate change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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