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January 21, 2010

Under Secretary Martha Kanter's Remarks at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. I have been in my job in Washington for a little over six months now, and I've been privileged to get to know many of you and to learn about and recognize in many of our national conversations the extraordinary work of AAC&U.

January 14, 2010

Building a Better Front Porch for Higher Education

Thank you. Please stand to pay a special tribute to the wife and son of Myles Brand, who are here today. Myles Brand was a remarkable leader who was unafraid of controversy.

October 26, 2009

Under Secretary Martha Kanter’s Remarks to the New England Board of Education

I am thrilled to be here to speak to the New England Board of Higher Education. Most of you here today share my priorities and I believe that together we will be able to meet the many challenges we face in today’s economy.

First, I would like to start with the story of how I got my present job at the U.S. Department of Education.

October 9, 2009

Education Secretary Duncan Announces $11.25 Million to Benefit Working Adults and Displaced Workers Enrolled in Community Colleges

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of $11.25 million in grants for 29 projects to benefit working adults and displaced workers pursuing degrees or credentials in community colleges. The grants will focus on preparing adult learners with the marketable skills and knowledge to address employer needs in high-growth occupations.

September 21, 2009

Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Duncan on Draft College- and Career-Readiness Standards in English-Language Arts, Mathematics

The U.S. Department of Education today issued the following statement by U.S.

September 19, 2009

Under Secretary Martha Kanter’s Remarks to Women Administrators in Higher Education

I am thrilled to be here today at WAHE conference and to address a group of women who share my priorities.

First I would like to start with the story of how I got my present job at the US Department of Education.

September 17, 2009

Secretary Duncan Names 72 Jacob K. Javits Fellows

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today named 72 Jacob K. Javits fellows to pursue graduate study within selected fields of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Selected from 764 applicants, fellows are chosen on the basis of superior academic achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need. They will attend 28 institutions of higher education.

September 17, 2009

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on House Passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (HR 3221)

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to give America's college students the biggest increase in financial aid since the GI Bill. The bill will guarantee increases for the Pell Grant program for the 2010-11 year and beyond. It will overhaul federal student loans to make them more efficient while saving taxpayers billions of dollars over the next decade.

September 14, 2009

Student Loan Default Rates Increase

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that the FY 2007 national student loan cohort default rate increased to 6.7 percent, up from the FY 2006 rate of 5.2 percent.

September 2, 2009

HBCUs and Higher Education: Beyond the Iron Triangle

Thank you very much, John. John Wilson is a forceful and thoughtful advocate for HBCUs—and he already has begun to reinvigorate the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.