U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will Address First Meeting of Century Foundation's Task Force on Strengthening Community Colleges

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The Task Force will address the growing racial and socio economic divide between two- and four-year institutions. Kanter, Anthony Marx, Eduardo Padron and Richard Kahlenberg will be available between 2 and 3 p.m.

A media availability will follow the meeting.

WHO:
U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will address the first meeting of The Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal. She will address the group a few days after President Obama announced his plan to create an $8 Billion Community College to Career Fund.

The meeting is closed to the press. Kanter, Task Force Co-chairs Anthony Marx and Eduardo Padrón, and Task Force Executive Director Richard Kahlenberg will be available to media immediately following the meeting.

WHAT:
The Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal was assembled by The Century Foundation and is co-chaired by Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library and former president of Amherst College, and Eduardo Padrón, the president of Miami Dade College. Century Foundation Senior Fellow Richard Kahlenberg serves as executive director of the Task Force, which is supported by the Ford Foundation. The group will explore ways to improve two-year colleges and bolster public support for them. It will address the growing racial and socioeconomic divide between two- and four-year institutions, and will look into related questions about how the growing economic divide affects resources, peer influences, curriculum and expectations, and, ultimately, graduation rates. Find more on the Task Force here.

WHEN:
Friday, February 17, 2012, 2:00–3:00 P.M.

WHERE:
The Century Foundation, 41 East 70th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue), New York, N.Y.

CONTACT:
Christy Hicks at hicks(at)tcf(dot)org or (212) 452-7723 (office) 917-544-2949 (cell). Time and space are limited. Please let us know if you plan to be here for the media availability.

The Century Foundation is a progressive nonpartisan think tank. Originally known as the Twentieth Century Fund, it was founded in 1919 and initially endowed by Edward Filene, a leading Republican businessman and champion of fair workplaces and employee ownership strategies, all with an eye to ensuring that economic opportunity is available to all. Today, TCF issues analyses and convenes and promotes the best thinkers and thinking across a range of public policy questions. Its work today focuses on issues of equity and opportunity in the United States, and how American values can be best sustained and advanced in a world of more diffuse power. For more information, visit us at http://www.tcf.org, follow us on Twitter @tcfdotorg and join our Facebook page.

Contact: Christy Hicks ~ Phone: (212) 452-7723 ~ Email: hicks(at)tcf(dot)org

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