Learn About America’s College Promise

Martha J. Kanter, Ph.D. (former undersecretary of postsecondary education, community college president, and chancellor) is the current executive director of America’s College Promise. America’s College Promise is an initiative started by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2015, and today more than 200 College Promise programs have been started in communities and states. During the program, Dr. Kanter will discuss what works and why in College Promise programs.

Dr. Martha Kanter.


Dr. Martha Kanter and America’s College Promise

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

3 p.m.  

Room CF206/208

RSVPs requested for planning purposes. 

Please RSVP by Dec. 29, 2017 to mona.permann@rctc.edu  

The event is sponsored by RCTC’s Student Senate, RCTC, GRAUC, and LeadMN, and the program is free and open to the public.


America’s College Promise is a commitment to fund a college education for every eligible student, advancing on the path to earn a degree, a certificate, or credits that transfer to a four-year university, starting in community colleges.  Kanter was undersecretary of postsecondary education in President Obama’s administration from 2009 to 2013, when the total number of Pell Grant recipients rose from 6 million to 9 million nationwide.  America’s College Promise is chaired by former second lady Dr. Jill Biden and former Wyoming Gov.  Jim Geringer.

For those of you who would like to learn more about the College Promise Campaign and the impending education/workforce training gap, some helpful resources are listed below.

Related Resources

College Promise Campaign:  https://collegepromise.org/


America’s College Promise Playbook

U.S. Department of Education



Supporting the College Promise (talking points and sample pieces)

American Association of Community Colleges/Association of Community College Trustees



Making Promises:  Designing College Promise plans worth keeping

Education Reform Now



Free Community College: An approach to increase adult student success in postsecondary education


Education Commission of the States



Adult Promise Program: A pilot design template for states

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)



A Stronger Nation: Learning beyond high school builds American talent

Lumina Foundation (includes information specific to Minnesota



College Costs in Context:  A state-by-state look at college (un)affordability

The Institute for College Access & Success https://ticas.org/sites/default/files/pub_files/college_costs_in_context.pdf


Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University

The Center, led by Anthony Carnevale, conducts research in three core areas with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand: jobs, skills, and people. A number of critical reports are available with state specific data highlighted.



Promise for Apprenticeships? (Community College Daily, November 13, 2017)

Former U.S. education undersecretary Martha Kanter says Promise partnerships should consider serving students in apprenticeships and dual-enrollment programs.

American Association of Community College


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