Martha Kanter, U.S. under secretary of education, discusses her plan for cutting college tuition.
At UC Davis, tuition and fees have risen a staggering 185 percent over the past decade, and this is not an isolated case. The cost of higher education has skyrocketed across the state in recent years, pushing the prospect of a degree further out of reach for many students. What can be done to turn this crisis around and keep education affordable? Come put your tough questions to an education insider, at both the local and national levels. Kanter has served as U.S. under secretary of education since June 2009. From 2003 to 2009, she was chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, serving more than 45,000 students. Kanter is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama's goal for the U.S. to have "the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020," as measured by the proportion of college graduates over the next decade. She will discuss the adminstration’s plans to expand the availability of college for every American who seeks it.
Martha J. Kanter was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2009 to be the under secretary of education and was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009. Kanter reports to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, and five White House Initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. To spur education, economic growth and social prosperity, Kanter is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama's goal for the U.S. to have "the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020" as measured by the proportion of college graduates over the next decade. Under Secretary Kanter and her team are keenly focused on improving college access, affordability, quality, and completion to implement President Obama's American Graduation Initiative.
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter details the Obama Administration's commitment to increase availability of Pell Grants. Despite the Administration's efforts, Kanter argues that state and local communities must play a role in attacking the education gap.