Martha Kanter: The Promise of the College Promise Campaign

Martha Kanter, former U.S. Under Secretary with oversight responsibility for all federal postsecondary statutory, regulatory and administrative policies and programs in the Obama Administration, currently leads the College Promise Campaign’s national initiative to increase college access, affordability, quality and completion. There are currently over 200 College Promise Campaigns in 16 states. Martha describes how the national, non-profit, non-partisan campaign evolved and cites specific programs as well as creative public and private funding mechanisms. In addition to implications for workforce development, Martha discusses various views on the initiative, the value of community stakeholder engagement, and importance of support for students.

Individual Questions:
Seeking to support free, universal and supported higher education for all students in the country for at least the first two years (1:33)
Recapturing the country’s historical commitment to higher education and leveraging College Promise programs already underway in several states (3:45)
Mining creative ways of leveraging funds to support higher education for more students Ventura College Promise, the Boston Bridge (3:42)
Achieving financial sustainability for college promise programs (:24)
Addressing policy and funding concerns about College Promise: what do critical voices say? (4:32)
Joining business and education partners to advance workforce development (3:23)
Building a college-going culture and work- ethic curriculum to support students in achieving their potential (2:38)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

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