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April 2015

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary James Minor Visits The Center for Postsecondary Success

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 US Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Dr. James Minor visited the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) and delivered an invited lecture on federal priorities in postsecondary policy and research.

In his opening remarks, CPS Director Dr. Shouping Hu welcomed Dr. Minor and indicated that the present time is critical for U.S. postsecondary education as all parties look for postsecondary education to address domestic challenges and international competition, and the importance of the forthcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). He also indicated that Dr. Minor’s rich experience and expertise in the academy and the philanthropic and policy worlds make Dr. Minor an exceptional figure to share perspectives and wisdom on postsecondary education priorities.

Dr. Minor overviewed the major programs administered by the Office of Postsecondary Education, including programs such as the First in the World (FITW), TRIO programs, and Reaching Higher. He discussed the federal postsecondary priorities in four categories: 1) Helping families afford college; 2) Keeping costs down; 3) Strengthening community colleges; and 4) Improving transparency and accountability. Salient issues such as financial aid, student indebtedness, educational loans, college ratings, and President Obama’s free community college proposal were discussed in the lecture.

Dr. Minor indicated that President Obama and his administration have an unprecedented interest in strengthening U.S. postsecondary education as evidenced in a number of initiatives directed toward postsecondary education since he took office six years ago. Many of the issues will be the key areas to tackle in the current Higher Education Act reauthorization process.

Dr. Minor also emphasized the importance of examining the impact of programs and developing evidence for program effects. Given the size of federal investments and the scarcity of resources available, research communities can play an important role in generating credible evidence that can be used in federal policy debates and decisions. He urged the audience to think about strategies to disseminate their research so that research and scholarship can more effectively influence policy making.

Dr. Minor most recently served as a Senior Program Officer and Director of Higher Education Programs for the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta, GA. He has held other significant positions, including: tenured Associate Professor of higher education policy at Michigan State University, Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Institute for Higher Education, and Research Associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. An author of many scholarly articles, reviews, national reports, and book chapters, Dr. Minor holds a B.A. from Jackson State University, a M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The mission of the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) is to provide support for, and foster collaboration among, those who are interested in conducting research on student success in postsecondary education, and to identify and evaluate institutional, state, and federal policies and programs that may serve to improve student success.


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