Statement from Lumina Foundation on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

As a national foundation headquartered in Indiana, we regularly convene education, business and policy leaders from across the U.S. in Indianapolis to advance initiatives and policies that increase higher education attainment. Laws that divide our state and convey a lack of acceptance hamper our ability to bring national leaders to our city for those events and limit the foundation’s ability to recruit top talent nationwide.

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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 

What Needs to be Redesigned?

A redesigned postsecondary system must be flexible, affordable and relentlessly focused on quality. Put simply, it must be a student-centered system, one designed to meet the needs of students—all types of students—not just the needs or traditions of institutions. The ultimate goal is to build a learning-based system that offers broad, connected pathways to high-quality credentials for a vast and growing number of Americans—from all walks of life.

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What Needs to be Redesigned

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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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Statement from Lumina Foundation on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)

Lumina Foundation believes that attracting, educating and deploying the talent to fuel our 21st century economy and democracy is critical to economic vitality, individuals’ well-being, and the nation’s future success. A key to that success is creating an environment in which talent can thrive – an environment that is open,...

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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.

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Assessment the Key in the Quest for Quality

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis speaks to the assessment experts of the Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) on the importance of assessing student learning to help ensure that credentials have real and lasting value. Read his opening keynote address from the International Assessment Conference in Austin, Texas.

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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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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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