America Needs Talent

With falling wages and rising inequality, persistent unemployment, failing schools, and broken cities, have America’s best days come and gone? Lumina President Jamie Merisotis' new book outlines talent development strategies to ensure the next great American century.

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Who Are Today's College Students?

Those who imagine today's students as recent high school graduates, attending college full-time at a 4-year university have an outdated picture in mind. The majority of students today are more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. They're more likely to include second-career retirees, part-time distance learners, GED completers, certificate seekers, evening MBA students, immigrants, veterans, and parents.

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Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education

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



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



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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Arne Duncan’s Legacy: The Difference That Strong Leadership Can Make

Oct 05, 2015

Arne Duncan’s recent announcement that he’ll be departing as U.S. secretary of education provides an opportunity to reflect on his accomplishments in bringing critical higher-education issues to the forefront and helping tackle some of the sector’s most pressing challenges.

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Five Ways to Deploy a 21st Century Workforce

Sep 15, 2015

In our dynamic and global economy, we need to ask whether our workforce is equipped to meet the increasingly complex demands of the 21st century. The answer, as it stands today, is a decisive no.

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Why the United States Needs a 'Department of Talent'

Sep 12, 2015

Jamie Merisotis makes the case for well-designed, efficient federal policy to promote talent development.

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More About Lumina Foundation

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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