SOURCE: Ashland University

Ashland University

March 02, 2012 10:47 ET

U.S. Official Touts Ashland University Efforts to Make Higher Education More Affordable

ASHLAND, OH--(Marketwire - Mar 2, 2012) - The U.S. Under Secretary of Education Dr. Martha Kanter visited the Ashland University campus Feb. 29 to recognize Ashland University for its recent efforts to make college more affordable.

Dr. Kanter gave the keynote address at a town hall meeting on "College Affordability" in which she noted that the U.S. Department of Education selected Ashland University as the location of the Town Hall because of the University's recent development of programs in response to student and family financial concerns.

During her address, Dr. Kanter said Ashland University has set an example for colleges nationwide to follow. "You can look at any number of things that have happened here at this university and say, 'This is an island of excellence.' I want a country of excellence. That's what we need," she said.

She said her goal is to find and replicate ideas for improving college access, affordability, quality and completion.

"The ideas really don't come from Washington. They come from places like this and partnerships with all of the entities I've talked about," she said. Those entities include students, faculty, administrators, businesses and government.

Dr. Kanter outlined these recent Ashland University programs and actions, which included:

She said innovative efforts like Ashland University's accelerated degree programs will expand higher education access and get students in the workforce faster. "If you have a college degree, you're twice as likely to be employed as someone with only a high school diploma," Dr. Kanter said.

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