Speech | Union Institute

Union Institute & University Commencement Address

“The nation needs your talent—now more than ever. Today’s labor market has made it clear—often painfully clear—that skills must be consistently honed … that no one can afford to “stand pat” with one’s education and expect to succeed.” Read more »

Speech | Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Postsecondary Education: The Case for Systemic Change

Rigorous and relevant higher education is key to distinguishing Minnesota as the “skilled workforce state,” says Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation president and CEO. “The Minnesota Chamber’s overall effort is right on target”, he said, “Addressing the challenge of producing a better skilled workforce will require all of the key players to work more closely together than they ever have before.” Merisotis delivered the keynote speech at the Minnesota Chamber’s workforce summit, “How to Make Minnesota the Skilled Workforce State.” Read more »

Speech | Presidents’ Forum annual meeting

Why Higher Education System Redesign—and the Credentialing Framework that Supports It—Matters

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis delivered the opening keynote speech at the 9th Annual President’s Forum, “Debt and Disillusionment: Extending the Economic Advantages of Online Learning.” He emphasized the importance of serving more students through a new system of credentials that assures that high-quality learning is recognized and rewarded. He said, “the shift to a learning-based, flexible, stackable credentialing system has been little more than an intriguing idea for a long time. But it is now an idea whose time has come.” Read more »
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Speech | Jamie Merisotis

The Future of Public Higher Education: Why States Should Care

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis speaks to a bipartisan group of state legislators on building a higher education system that’s built to serve the needs of 21st century students—the ever-growing number of low-income, first-generation, minority and adult students who constitute the “real world” on campuses these days. More »

Speech | SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference

A Vital New Role to Reach a Shared Goal

Jamie Merisotis meets with SHEEOs to discuss how to revamp the postsecondary system so that it can reach the 60 percent attainment goal. Read the speech here »

Speech | Rotary Club of Indianapolis

A City’s Commitment … a Nation’s Goal

Remarks by Jamie P. Merisotis, President/CEO, Lumina Foundation Rotary Club of Indianapolis Thank you, and good afternoon, everyone. I’m pleased to be with you today, and I’m truly honored to have been asked to address this historic organization in the More »

Speech | National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges

Merisotis to Community College state leaders: “show the way to reshaping American higher education”

Community colleges already have a head start in reorienting their systems to best serve today’s 21st century student. Before an audience of community college leaders, Lumina President Jamie Merisotis issued a call to take the lead in reshaping American higher education in a way that benefits us all. More »

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