Kanter Joins The Exodus

Career College Central summary:

  • The Obama administration's highest-ranking higher education official, Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, is the latest departure leaving the executive branch's higher education team thin. An e-mail message to colleagues on Tuesday evening said she would "return to academia" this fall, but provided no details about her destination.
  • Kanter joined the Education Department in 2009 from her position as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. She was said at the time to be the first community college official to reach such a high rank within the agency.
  • During Kanter's time at the department, she took an active role in issues that had been near and dear to her as a California community college leader, leading the administration's efforts to bolster two-year institutions and promoting the use of open educational resources to try to lower textbook costs. She has remained highly accessible to higher education officials, who characterized her as someone who fully grasped their issues even as she pursued policies (like the one setting a federal definition of the "credit hour") with which campus leaders vehemently disagreed.

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