Under Secretary Martha Kanter to Take Part in Town Hall on College Affordability in Philadelphia

Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

Event Date 1: February 23, 2012 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will participate in two events at a College Affordability Town Hall at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, Feb. 24. Kantor will give opening remarks at 1:00 p.m. ET, discussing the importance of tackling rising college costs to ensure that America’s students can obtain the education and training they need to prepare for jobs of the 21st century. At 2:30 p.m. ET, she will take part in a panel discussion on college affordability with Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, and Joni Finney, practice professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Business and civic leaders, college presidents and vice-presidents, faculty, and higher education stakeholders will also participate in the town hall, including Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia. The event features a series of panel discussions on what Pennsylvania schools are doing to address college affordability issues and how they are working toward President Obama’s goal of making college more accessible to students through reforming student aid, providing incentives for institutions to control costs, and giving families new tools to make informed decisions on higher education.

Event 1
Who : U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter
What : Remarks at event on college affordability
Panel on “Affordability in the National Context: Labor Market and State Policy Challenges”
When : Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
Remarks: 1:00 p.m. ET
Panel: 2:30 p.m. ET
Where : University of Pennsylvania
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
3417 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, Pa.