Upward Bound meets with
Deputy Assistant Secretary

upward bound staff pose with Dr. James Minor

On January 26, 2016, staff and several students from both Ohio State University TRIO Upward Bound Programs had an opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with Dr. James Minor, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Programs as well as other program directors and students from similar programs at Ohio State. This was an exceptional opportunity to talk candidly with the person who oversees TRIO programs and other similar federal grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education that broaden access to higher education and strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities. During the roundtable, Ohio State TRIO staff were able to engage in discussions about TRIO programs, the U.S. Department of Education’s new expectations for the upcoming grant competition, and the direction that the federal government will take in the future for TRIO programs. Staff also shared student testimony from current Ohio State students who are TRIO Upward Bound alumni, current program needs, and what they would like to ask for in the next appropriations for TRIO programs.


The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from underserved backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.