Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the US Department of Education, spoke at Success by Dual Degrees: Meeting the President's College Completion Goal, a higher education rally hosted by GSU President Elaine P. Maimon.
Kanter and Anne Pramaggiore, president and chief operating officer of ComEd praised GSU's groundbreaking Dual Degree Program, designed to increase graduation rates on both the community college and university level.
The event was Dr. Kanter's final stop on a three-day Education and the Economy back-to-school bus tour, which included events in several Midwestern states. Dr. Kanter and other Department of Education senior staff members, including Secretary Arne Duncan, visited schools they consider "islands of excellence" that are preparing students to compete in the global economy.
Rafiah Muhammed, a Prairie State College student who is enrolled in the Dual Degree Program, also spoke at the rally.