Student and Enrollment Strategy

About the Convening

Join colleagues from around the state at the first UA Student Success Convening on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Gorsuch Commons on the UAA Campus. Hear from leading experts on what works in student success. Hear from colleagues about what they are doing to increase student success at their campuses.

Keynote Speaker

James T. Minor, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Senior Strategist
California State University (CSU), Office of the Chancellor

James T. Minor, Ph.D. serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Senior Strategist at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. He was appointed to provide leadership and strategy to advance the CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025 focused on dramatically increasing graduation rates while eliminating equity gaps between low income and underserved students and their peers.

Dr. Minor previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S.  Department of Education. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to provide overall leadership and administration for federal programs designed to expand access to higher education, strengthen institutional capacity, and promote postsecondary innovation. Under his leadership, the Higher Education Program office was responsible for more than $7.5 billion in active programming across the nation and U.S. territories.

He has served as Director of Higher Education Programs at the Southern Education Foundation, faculty member at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, associate professor of higher education policy at Michigan State University, and a research associate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Minor’s scholarly work has focused on academic governance, higher education policy, and improving institutional performance. He is also a recognized thought leader on Minority-Serving Institutions, higher education policy development, and issues related to improving degree completion nationally.

His published articles have appeared in the Review of Higher Education, Educational Researcher, Thought & Action, Academe, New Directions for Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Journal.

Opening Presenter

Dr. Jenna Dell
Director of Member Education

Jenna Dell, Ed.D. is a director of member education, responsible for the delivery
of research on a variety of higher education and K-12 topics.

Dr. Dell comes to EAB from Service Year Alliance where she designed and
executed higher education strategy and provided technical assistance to
institutions across the country. Her background also includes a tenure at The
Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars where she led civic
engagement initiatives including a curriculum redesign.

Prior to TWC, Dr. Dell served as the assistant director for civic engagement and
a pre-major advisor at the University of Rochester where she earned her Ed.D. in
Higher Education Administration. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in
anthropology and sociology from Elmira College where she was awarded Phi
Beta Kappa.

Outside of EAB, Dr. Dell chairs the higher education committee as a board
member of the Gap Year Association.


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