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Dr. James T. Minor
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James T. Minor, Ph.D. is the Deputy Assistant Secretary in Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

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Five Things Families of First-Generation College Students Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 2:06 PM

Over the next few weeks more than three million first-year students will show up to well-manicured campuses all across the nation to begin their first semester as college students. It is a special time filled with excitement and random worries about the unknown for students and the families sending them...

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Why College Signing Day Is Important for the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 1:24 PM

On May 1st First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate College Signing Day at Wayne State University by addressing more than 2,500 students from over 40 Detroit area high schools. Her Reach Higher Initiative is aimed, in part, at developing a strong college-going culture that normalizes the pursuit of...

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Three Sobering Questions Following the Maryland Higher Education Desegregation Decision

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Many higher education observers were applauding last week when the decision from a U.S. District Judge declared that the state of Maryland had failed in its obligation to eliminate traces of de jure segregation in its system of public higher education. More specifically, Judge Blake ordered the parties to enter...

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Fixing Developmental Education

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:28 AM

It is clear that figuring out developmental education in colleges and universities across the country is as important as any other issue related to improving the percentage of Americans with a college degree. For many years this collection of innocuous prerequisites generally went unnoticed and was conceptually unrelated to degree...

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Poverty Has an iPhone

(19) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a student I'm mentoring from my hometown of Detroit. This young man was an average high school student and bombed in his first attempt at community college. After dropping out he returned home to work at a nearby Burger King. He indirectly complained...

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10 Workforce Skills Every Student Should Gain Before Leaving College

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:17 PM

Increasing the percentage of Americans with a college degree is now a bono fide national movement. Currently about 39 percent of American adults have a college degree. In order to regain the crown of "Most Educated Nation in the World" that percentage will have to increase to at...

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