Lumina Foundation » Newsroom http://www.luminafoundation.org Lumina is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In fact, we are the nation's largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students' access to and success in postsecondary education. Our mission is defined by Goal 2025-to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:08:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 New report shows largest year-over-year college attainment increase since 2008 http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-22-stronger_nation_2014.html http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-22-stronger_nation_2014.html#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:02:26 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/?p=22000 More »]]> Higher Ed Redesign Needed to Address Equity Gaps and Keep Pace with Other Countries

INDIANAPOLIS– As the global demand for postsecondary skills and knowledge continues to increase, a new report released today by Lumina Foundation shows that America achieved its largest year-over-year increase in degree attainment since 2008. While the momentum is encouraging, other countries are still outpacing the U.S. in educational achievement, and persistent equity gaps remain that must be addressed through a redesign of America’s higher education system.

According to the report, A Stronger Nation through Higher Education, 39.4 percent of working-age Americans (ages 25-64) held a two- or four-year college degree in 2012—the most recent year for which data are available. That figure is up from 2011, when the rate was 38.7 percent, and from 2008, when the rate was 37.9 percent. The 0.7 percent rise from 2011 to 2012 reflects the largest year-over-year increase since 2008.

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The latest degree attainment among young adults (ages 25-34) is even more optimistic at 40.9 percent, which is three percentage points higher than 2008. If attainment continues to increase at these levels, and once better data on certificate attainment is factored in, Goal 2025—increasing the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025—is within reach. Maintaining this level of increase in attainment through 2025 is a significant challenge, however, and requires that the U.S. higher education system be redesigned to focus more effectively on students and learning.  

“Momentum is building around increased attainment in America, and we believe that the need—the hunger—for education beyond high school is stronger than even before,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “Recent student-centered changes in American higher education have made this progress possible. Now, it’s time to accelerate the system redesign so that we can meet future workforce needs, strengthen our democracy and give all Americans—regardless of race, income and other socioeconomic factors—the opportunities that postsecondary attainment provides.”

Closing Attainment Gaps

The Stronger Nation report shows that big degree attainment gaps continue to exist by race. Asian adults (ages 25-64) lead all races with 59.35 percent degree attainment (up from 59.13 percent) and whites follow with 43.87 percent attainment (up from 43.30 percent). Black adults rank third with 27.62 percent attainment (down from 27.14 percent), Native American adults rank fourth with 23.43 percent (up from 23.07 percent), and Hispanics rank fifth with 19.81 percent attainment (up from 19.31 percent).

More encouraging is the fact that the college-going rate for blacks increased from 62.0 percent to 67.1 percent—an impressive single-year increase. And the college-going rate for Hispanics shot up even more—increasing from 59.7 percent to 66.6 percent. Yet, participation rates still differ significantly based on income. While 82.4 percent of potential students (of all races) in the top third of the income scale enroll in college, only 53.5 percent of those in the bottom third do so.

“As the nation’s population becomes increasingly diverse, we must do more to address these troubling attainment divides,” said Merisotis. “We cannot successfully meet our nation’s future economic and social needs unless educational achievement opportunities are available to all Americans. We believe that this is one of the key challenges of our time for policymakers, college and university faculty and staff, employers, strategic philanthropists and civic leaders.”

American Attainment Lags Behind Other Countries

Despite the positive momentum in America, international comparative data produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows the U.S. is still lagging behind its global competitors. America now ranks a disappointing 11th in global postsecondary attainment, but the pace of attainment among younger adults is even more troubling. According to the OECD data, an astounding 64 percent of young adults (ages 25-34) in South Korea have completed education beyond high school. Those rates in Japan and Canada are approaching 60 percent, while young adults in the U.S. are hovering just above 40 percent.

Recent data shows Americans are concerned about the country’s low attainment rates and they are ready for leaders to do something about it. The latest Gallup/Lumina poll found that 90 percent of Americans believe it’s important to increase the rate of college attainment in America. And 89 percent of Americans report that higher education institutions need to change to better serve the needs of today’s students.

A System Redesign for Students and Learning

The redesign of higher education of America is in its early stages, and leaders at Lumina believe for the effort to be successful and sustainable, it must meet three basic requirements:

  • Base postsecondary credentials, including degrees, on learning.
  • Create smarter pathways for all students.
  • Make higher education accessible and affordable to all who need it.

In an effort to make the results of postsecondary learning more transparent to employers, education institutions and students, Lumina has developed the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) which is a common framework for defining the learning outcomes of higher education across all programs, institutions and degrees. That tool, and others including alternatives to the time-based credit hour approach, are a key component of system redesign.

“This redesign won’t be easy, but we applaud colleges and universities for joining in a comprehensive effort to reshape higher education in America so that it can better serve the needs of students and the complex, global society in which they live and work,” said Merisotis. “Our society and our economy have changed and we should recognize and validate learning that’s obtained in settings outside of the classroom, such as the military and the workforce. In tandem, we must provide all Americans with the promise of higher education by making it more affordable and accessible. Innovative, new approaches—such as competency-based education, online education and open learning platforms—can help break this logjam, but significant regulatory and financial barriers must be addressed for these approaches to reach their full potential.”

Key Tables from A Stronger Nation through Higher Education Report:

Top 10 states—based on the percentage of adults (25-64) with at least an associate degree in 2012:

  • MA—50.5% (down from 50.8% in 2011)
  • MN—47.7% (up from 46.6%)
  • CO—47.5% (up from 47.0%)
  • CT—47.5% (up from 46.4%)
  • VT—47% (up from 46.2%)
  • NH—46.7% (up from 45.8%)
  • NJ—45.8% (up from 45.1%)
  • ND—45.6% (up from 44.7%)
  • MD—45.5% (up from 45.4%)
  • VA—45.3% (up from 45.0%)


Top 10 MSAs—based on the percentage of adults (25-64) with at least an associate degree in 2012 (among the 100 most-populated MSAs):

  • Madison, WI—55.50% (up from 54.81% in 2011)
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV—55.02% (up from 54.73%)
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA—54.91% (up from 54.15%)
  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH—54.29% (up from 54.25%)
  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT—53.62% (up from 52.86%)
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA—53.29% (up from 52.76%)
  • Raleigh-Cary, NC—52.63% (down from 52.64%)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI—51.47% (up from 50.65%)
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY—49.63% (up from 49.27%)
  • Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA—48.35% (up from 48.10%)

Bottom 10 states—based on the percentage of adults (25-64) with at least an associate degree in 2012:

50. WV—27.8% (up from 26.1% in 2011)

49. LA—29.1% (up from 27.9%)

48. AR—29.3% (up from 28.2%)

47. NV—30.1% (up from 30.0%)

46. MS—31.1% (up from 30.3%)

45. KY—31.7% (up from 30.8%)

44. OK—32.9% (down from 33.0%)

43. AL—33.1% (up from 31.9%)

42. TN—33.3% (up from 32.1%)

41.  IN—34.4% (up from 33.8%)

Bottom 10 MSAs—based on the percentage of adults (25-64) with at least an associate degree in 2012 (among the 100 most-populated MSAs):

100. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX—21.99% (down from 21.21%)

99. Bakersfield-Delano, CA—22.12% (up from 21.35%)

98. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA—27.16% (down from 27.20%)

97. Fresno, CA—27.56% (down from 27.9%)

96. Stockton, CA—27.81% (up from 26.75%)

95. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL—27.87% (up from 27.02%)

94. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV—29.48% (down from 29.59%)

93. El Paso, TX—29.94% (up from 28.97%)

92 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA (30.09% (up from 29.38%)

91. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL—31.83% (down from 32.19%)


About Lumina Foundation:  Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.

Media contacts:

Lucia Anderson Weathers
Lumina Foundation
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Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-14-paper_series http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-14-paper_series#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:05:23 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/?p=21879 More »]]> Affordability, State Policy & Passive Repayment Covered by 15 Authors in Papers Released Today

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Lumina Foundation releases a group of 15 expert papers that explore new models of student financial support. These papers are all aimed at addressing one of the biggest barriers to college completion: the amount of money students are required to pay to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. Considerable research suggests that students are price-sensitive and that financial resources are a necessary tool to help students meet the cost of tuition and fees, as well as transportation, child care, and other indirect expenses, particularly among low-income students. These studies show that the structures currently in place to help students pay these costs are not set up to efficiently provide both access and support completion.

The papers, commissioned by the Foundation, are intended to stimulate greater discussion and evaluation around several key topics in student finance, including affordability of higher education, student loan repayment, and federal-state-institutional partnerships. The papers are aimed at addressing solutions that can be implemented at the institutional, state and federal levels.

“We believe it is time to fundamentally rethink our national approach to student financing,” said Jamie Merisotis, president & CEO of Lumina Foundation. “Only through substantive redesign can we assure that tuition and financial aid resources are used to support the success of the much larger number of students needed to reach Goal 2025. This launch of the comprehensive policy papers is an early step in that redesign effort.”

Last year, Lumina Foundation developed and released a set of design principles to guide the Foundation’s work in this area. The principles were unveiled this past May in a Huffington Post blog authored by Merisotis.

Using the design principles as a guide, Lumina Foundation invited nationally recognized experts as well as up-and-coming analysts to author the papers that will be discussed during today’s Ideas Summit at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The papers can be found online at http://luminafoundation.org/newsroom/ideas_summit.html. The titles and authors of the papers are as follows:

“Our goal in this series is not to prescribe a particular solution or choose one course of action,” said Merisotis. “Rather, we seek to generate innovative ideas for improving the ways in which postsecondary education is paid for in this country and to stimulate further discussion on that vital topic.”

Each paper reflects the views and recommendations of its authors, not those of Lumina Foundation.

Lumina’s Strategy Director, Zakiya Smith, oversees the Foundation’s work in student financial support and will head up the paper launch event at the Newseum today.


About Lumina Foundation:  Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. For more information, log on to: www.luminafoundation.org

Media contact:

Lucia Anderson Weathers
Lumina Foundation
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The papers

A College Considerator
Robert Shireman, California Competes
Lande Ajose, California Competes


A Student Level Analysis of Financial Aid
Richard Rhoda, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Russ Deaton, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
David Wright, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Doug Mennen, Tennessee Higher Education Commission


States in the Driver’s Seat Brian T. Prescott, WICHE
David A. Longanecker, WICHE


Applying the Lessons of Behavioral Economics to Improve the Federal Student Loan Programs: Six Policy Recommendations
Angela Boatman, Vanderbilt University
Brent Evans, Vanderbilt University
Adela Soliz, Harvard University

Can Income-Driven Repayment Policies be Efficient, Effective, and Equitable?
Nicholas Hillman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jacob Gross, University of Louisville

College Affordability for Low Income Adults: Improving Returns on Investment for Families and Society
Barbara Gault, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Lindsey Reichlin, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Meghan Froehner, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Stephanie Roman, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

College Affordability: What Is It and How Can We Measure It?
Sandy Baum, George Washington University and The Urban Institute
Jennifer Ma, The College Board

College Costs: Students Can’t Afford Not to Know
Brad Hershbein, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Kevin Hollenbeck, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Systems
Beth Akers, Brookings Institution
Matthew Chingos, Brookings Institution

From Income-based Repayment Plans to an Income-based Loan System
Robert G. Sheets, George Washington Institute for Public Policy, George Washington University
Stephen Crawford, George Washington Institute for Public Policy, George Washington University


Moving the Needle: How Financial Aid Policies Can Help States Meet Student Completion Goals
Andy Carlson, SHEEO
Katie Zaback, SHEEO

Piecing Together the College Affordability Puzzle: Student Characteristics and Patterns of (Un)Affordability
Rashida Welbeck, MDRC
John Diamond, MDRC
Alexander Mayer, MDRC
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, MDRC
with Melvin Gutierrez, MDRC & Jessica Gingrich, MDRC

Putting Colleges on Notice: Crafting Smarter Strategies to Improve Affordability through Curbing Cost Increases
Alisa Hicklin Fryar, University of Oklahoma
Deven Carlson, University of Oklahoma


Securing America’s Future with a Free Two Year College Option Sara Goldrick-Rab, Education Optimists and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nancy Kendall, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Should All Student Loan Payments Be Income-Driven? Benefits, Trade-offs, and Challenges
Lauren Asher, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)
Diane Cheng, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)
Jessica Thompson, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)

The Lumina Ideas Summit: New Models of Student Financial Support is a discussion about paying for college in a 21st Century higher education system. Lumina Foundation has commissioned a series of independently-produced papers by a wide array of authors that focus on these new models of student financial support. The purpose of the summit is to conduct an exchange of innovative ideas about how new models of financial support for students in postsecondary education could increase degree attainment.

The authors will discuss their ideas and perspectives on several important topics, including: the role of states in college affordability; enhancements to the current income-based loan system in the US; and how to determine what “affordability” means relative to factors such as cost of living, personal perceptions of affordability, and return on investment.

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April 14, 2014 | 9:30am-2:15pm
Washington, DC

Agenda
Monday, Apr. 14
9:30 amWelcome and Introductions
Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
9:45 amCollege Affordability—What Do We Know?

Sandy Baum, Research Professor, George Washington University and Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Barbara Gault, Vice President and Executive Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Director, Young Adults and Postsecondary Education, MDRC
Robert Shireman, Executive Director, California Competes

Moderator: Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
10:30 amSystem Overhaul—What does a 21st Century system of student financial support look like?

Sara Goldrick-Rab, President and Associate Professor, Education Optimists and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brian Prescott, Director for Policy Research, WICHE
Robert Sheets, Research Professor, George Washington University
Katie Zaback, Senior Policy Analyst, SHEEO

Moderator: Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
12:30 pmStudent Loan Repayment—Can student repayment policies increase efficiency and effectiveness?

Elizabeth Akers, Fellow, Brookings Institution
Lauren Asher, President, TICAS
Brent Evans, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Jake Gross, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville

Moderator: Julie Peller, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
1:30 pmPartnership-Building—How can we work together to improve affordability?

Russ Deaton, Associate Executive Director for Finance and Administration, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Alisa Fryar, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma
Brad Hershbein, Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Moderator: Haley Glover, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
2:15 pmConcluding Remarks and Adjourn
Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
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Lumina launches new issue paper series with reports on college costs and prices http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/issues/college_costs http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/issues/college_costs#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:26:18 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/?p=21730 More »]]> More »]]> http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/issues/college_costs/feed/ 0 The Great Cost Shift Continues http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/TheGreatCostShift2014-Brief.pdf http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/TheGreatCostShift2014-Brief.pdf#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:24:17 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/the_great_cost_shift_continues.html More »]]> report from Demos. At the same time, the average tuition at four-year public universities has increased approximately 20 percent, the study says.]]> http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/TheGreatCostShift2014-Brief.pdf/feed/ 0 A Strategy for College Completion & Workforce Investment http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/11/45/11150.pdf http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/11/45/11150.pdf#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:24:17 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/a_strategy_for_college_completion_workforce_investment.html More »]]> report from the Education Commission for the States. The study offers several policy recommendations to help states ensure students have access to quality CTE dual-enrollment programs.]]> http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/11/45/11150.pdf/feed/ 0 From Community College to University http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/R_314CMR.pdf http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/R_314CMR.pdf#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:24:17 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/from_community_college_to_university.html More »]]> report from the Public Policy Institute of California contends the new degrees have improved transition pathways for community college students but efforts to fully implement the reform still face a number of challenges.]]> http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/R_314CMR.pdf/feed/ 0 Blueprint for SAT Redesign https://www.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/sat-blueprint.pdf https://www.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/sat-blueprint.pdf#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:24:17 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/the_redesigned_sat.html More »]]> College Board. Among the forthcoming changes: “relevant” vocabulary words, a focus on fewer math topics, and asking students to cite specific passages to support their answers.]]> https://www.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/sat-blueprint.pdf/feed/ 0 The American Freshman http://www.heri.ucla.edu/monographs/TheAmericanFreshman2013.pdf http://www.heri.ucla.edu/monographs/TheAmericanFreshman2013.pdf#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:24:17 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/the_american_freshman.html More »]]> The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2013 from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program.]]> http://www.heri.ucla.edu/monographs/TheAmericanFreshman2013.pdf/feed/ 0 Partners in Innovation http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/publications/materials/PartnersInInnovation_112013.pdf http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/publications/materials/PartnersInInnovation_112013.pdf#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:24:16 +0000 matthew http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/partners_in_innovation.html More »]]> brief from Jobs for the Future shows how the collaboration is using several college-readiness and college-connected strategies, including an early college school, to better prepare students for college work without the need for remedial courses.]]> http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/publications/materials/PartnersInInnovation_112013.pdf/feed/ 0