Notes in the Margins: Kanter, search firms and degrees in high school

Martha Kanter, Top Obama Higher Education Official, Resigns Martha Kanter, an Obama administration education undersecretary, is preparing to step down, according to an email obtained by The Huffington Post. (The Huffington Post via NAICU)

More universities use search firms to find leaders Two of every three presidential searches are aided by firms. That has grown considerably over the last decade with the increase in retirements and turnover in the post. It used to be one of every three. (The Inquirer via NAICU)

Tuition Costs Trumped By College Housing, Food Bills: College Board  The price of housing and food trumps tuition costs for students who attend two- and four-year public universities in their home states, according to a College Board survey. (The Huffington Post)

New high school to offer associate degrees The campus will enable students to simultaneously earn diplomas and associate degrees upon graduation. Eighth-graders will be eligible to start submitting applications as early as February, and the high school is expected to open with 100 freshmen and take on an additional 100 students each year. (Star-Telegram via University Business)

USC Mislabels Sexual Assault To Keep Crime Numbers Low, Complaint Says USC is “persistently underreporting sexual battery, sexual assault, and rape in the Annual Clery Security Report by … categorizing instances of ‘rape’ as ‘personal injury,’ ‘domestic dispute,’ and other less serious crimes or non-crimes,” a complaint by several students says. (The Huffington Post)