Why We Need a U.S. Department of Talent

If we want a Twenty-First-Century workforce, we need to tear up Washington's org chart

Read an excerpt from Jamie Merisotis' new book America Needs Talent

Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education

New framework clearly defines college affordability in terms of what families and students can and should pay.

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Lumina CEO testifies before Senate HELP Committee

Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis testified before Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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Beyond Financial Aid

New guidebook offers 6 tested strategies to strengthen the financial stability of low-income students

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Connecting Credentials

Diverse group of national organizations launches dialogue aimed at transforming America's system of postsecondary credentials

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We know that higher education attainment results in greater individual earning power. In fact, a worker with a bachelor's degree earns 84 percent more than a worker without a degree - an average value of $2.8 million over the course of a lifetime. And the value of individual attainment is also key to our national economic prosperity because research shows that more than two-thirds of all U.S. jobs will require a postsecondary degree or credential by 2018.

By providing greater postsecondary access and success for all Americans, we build stronger economies, thriving communities, and a greater quality of life. It's clear that higher education remains the best avenue to prosperity, opportunity and a stronger nation.

 

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LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES

Why We Need a U.S. Department of Talent

Aug 27, 2015

If you tell an audience these days that the way to solve big national problems is to reorganize the federal government, you’re liable to get laughed offstage. And I can understand why. Not only is faith in the federal government at near-historic lows, but the record of some past efforts at federal reorganization does not necessarily inspire confidence…

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SPEECHES

Urban League's KatrinaRISE Conference, closing remarks

Aug 26, 2015

Prepared remarks to close “Education Town Hall” At Urban League’s KatrinaRISE Conference, Hyatt Regency—New Orleans, Aug. 26, 2015

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Lumina Issues Affordability Benchmark to Reset National Conversation About College Affordability

Aug 19, 2015

Lumina releases Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education to define a clear and common understanding of what “affordable” means to students and families.

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Our Mission and How to Get Involved

What You Can Do

Every American has a role in helping us reach Goal 2025, and we all benefit when we get there. Everyone–from employers to instructors to families–has clear steps to take. And no matter how small, each step toward the goal is essential. Find out how you can contribute to building a stronger nation through higher education.

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What Needs to be Redesigned

Lumina's priority is to fundamentally rethink how higher education is delivered, and what outcomes can be expected from postsecondary completion. Lumina Foundation is leading a national conversation about the disruptive innovations helping to design and build a 21st century system that meets the needs of all students.

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Facts & Figures

Read some key facts on how we can increase levels of educational attainment equitably, through the use of quality data to improve student performance, identify problems, measure progress toward the goal and inform policy and decision making at all levels.

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