Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Increasing Attainment

Gallup-Lumina Foundation Poll Finds Hispanics & African Americans Believe Most Strongly in the Power of Postsecondary Education for Jobs & Quality of Life

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2015 Edition

A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education

A Stronger Nation offers detailed data arrays that describe degree attainment at the national, state and county levels. The report also provides degree-attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan regions.

2015 report available now

A new debate about 'college'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is the latest in a string of high-profile policymakers and employers who have questioned whether a college education is vital to success in America. This conversation is certainly worth having, but it’s only going to work if we start to come to grips with the fact that “college” is a very different notion than what many people assume.  It’s time to start defining college in a new way that accurately reflects the needs of today’s students and the realities of the 21st century workforce.

Read Merisotis' op-ed at theHill.com

Community-Based Attainment Network Expands to 75 Cities

Final 20 cities announced in 75-city community-based attainment network

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Looking Back to Move Forward: 

A History of Federal Financial Aid part 3:
Pell Grant: Building Block of Student-Based Aid

Check out our film series on the history of financial aid in America. How did we become so reliant on student loans as the primary means of paying for college? In this ongoing documentary series, we investigate the history of financial aid to direct a reform agenda that brings equity to college access.

Part 3 is now available 

 

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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Gallup-Lumina Foundation Poll Finds Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Increasing Attainment

An overwhelming majority of Americans continue to believe that having a certificate or degree beyond high school is important to our success as a nation and as individuals. But, according to new results released today from the annual Gallup-Lumina Foundation Poll on Higher Education, Hispanics and African Americans believe most strongly in the power of postsecondary education to help deliver good jobs and a better quality of life.

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New Report Reveals Greater Urgency Needed to Increase Postsecondary Attainment

INDIANAPOLIS – A new report released today by Lumina Foundation reveals real progress has been made in the national effort to increase postsecondary attainment, but current rates won’t be enough to meet America’s future economic and workforce demands. The annual report, A Stronger Nation through Higher Education, finds that unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment, the nation will fall short of workforce needs by the end of this decade.

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LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES

The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

As postsecondary skills have become essential to success for millions of Americans, few would argue that our nation has all of the talent it needs to prosper. New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race—the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent—unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment.

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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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