Lumina Foundation » Lumina News 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. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:46:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Focus Spring 2014 | Two-way street Fri, 16 May 2014 19:16:32 +0000 matthew Two-way street, explores the benefits of mentoring by putting a lens on three different mentoring programs. All are making a measurable difference for the students they serve—and for the mentors who provide that service. More »]]> Two-way street, explores the benefits of mentoring by putting a lens on three different mentoring programs. All are making a measurable difference for the students they serve—and for the mentors who provide that service. More »]]> 0 Lumina hosts events at SXSWedu 2014 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:19:43 +0000 matthew More »]]> Lumina Foundation was proud to sponsor this year’s SXSWedu, a global education conference in Austin, Texas. The 4-day event brought together K–12 and higher education professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and legislators to connect, collaborate and create change in education.

Lumina hosted two panel discussions, one featuring Lumina Strategy Director Zakiya Smith: Cheaper. Faster. Better? The 10k Degree, and another with Lumina Fellow Bridget Terry-Long: Empowered to Act: Postsecondary Innovation Zones. Read more about Sponsors of SXSWedu 2014.

Lumina Strategy Associate Sean Tierney also joined a panel on performance funding formulas on Wednesday, March 5.

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What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:50:38 +0000 matthew report. More »]]> report. More »]]> 0 New report finds modest gains in America’s college attainment rates; Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:06:04 +0000 matthew More »
Progress must be accelerated to improve our nation’s prospects

Experts highlight bright spots while calling for redesign of America’s higher education system

WASHINGTON, DC, March 26, 2012—As college completion rates continue to climb in other parts of the world, a new report released today by Lumina Foundation shows that we must do significantly more to build on the modest gains in higher education attainment seen here at home. Experts gathered at the Rayburn House Office Building to announce the latest findings, highlight what is working and discuss how a stronger sense of urgency is needed to better position America for success in the knowledge economy.

According to the report, A Stronger Nation through Higher Education , 38.3 percent of working-age Americans (ages 25-64) held a two- or four-year college degree in 2010. That rate is up modestly from 2009, when the rate was 38.1 percent and 2008, when the rate was 37.9 percent. The report measures progress toward Goal 2025 which is a national movement to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

The Stronger Nation report shows that if we continue on our current rate of production, only 79.8 million working-age Americans (46.5% of those aged 25-64) will hold degrees by 2025. Since this will leave us more than 23 million degrees short of the national 60 percent goal, the need to rapidly accelerate degree attainment levels is clear.

“More people are graduating from college, but the current pace is not sufficient,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive officer of Lumina. “America is grappling with how to grow jobs, skills and opportunity, and this report highlights the economic imperative of getting a postsecondary degree. This issue can’t be wished away by fanciful talk about higher education ‘bubbles’ and whether college is worth it. Education is the only route to economic prosperity for both individuals and the nation. That should matter to policymakers. It should matter to business leaders. And it certainly should matter to our education leaders.”

Adopting Attainment Goals

Heeding this call, a growing number of states have established goals for college completion, and many have committed to measuring progress. Numerous cities, business groups and higher education institutions have also set attainment goals.

“It is an exciting time for higher education in Illinois,” said Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. “We need more students to complete college on time and with degrees and credentials that are relevant to the workforce. The Goal 2025 movement provides the direction that our states, colleges and universities need to increase graduation rates and connect students to good jobs. Goal 2025 will lead to a more educated and prosperous Illinois.”

We will lose our competitive edge as a nation if we don’t recommit ourselves to advancing educational attainment.

“We will lose our competitive edge as a nation if we don’t recommit ourselves to advancing educational attainment,” said Mick Fleming president of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. “In many ways, the business community determines the market value of education through the jobs it creates. So it is essential for chambers and employers to play a key role in this endeavor.”

Redesigning Our Higher Education System

In a recent Gallup-Lumina Foundation poll, the vast majority of Americans said that they believe economic well-being is tied to holding a college degree. But there are barriers to moving the country to a 60 percent attainment rate. Many state universities and community colleges face both financial constraints and a lack of space.

A majority of Americans in the Gallup-Lumina poll also raised concerns about tuition increases and questioned whether college and universities are able to deliver the job-relevant learning that is required today. These realities have experts increasingly exploring ways to focus on productivity and quality in the system.

“We must do more to transform higher education so we can achieve the higher levels of attainment that are required for global competitiveness,” said Merisotis. “We must figure out how to better align workforce needs with all kinds of postsecondary credentials, particularly for the large number of adults who find their job skills are less relevant in today’s labor market. Likewise, we simply cannot reach the Big Goal without addressing the considerable equity gaps in this country. Students of color are an integral part of the 23 million, along with low-income students, first-generation students, and returning adults. A Stronger Nation reports attainment data disaggregated by race and ethnicity to underscore Lumina’s commitment to equity, as well as the social and economic reality that the goal represents.”

What is Working?

According to the Stronger Nation report, 39.3 percent of young adults (ages 25-34) held a two- or four-year college degree in 2010. That is a full percentage point higher than for all adults and a good leading indicator of where attainment rates are headed. In 2008, young adults ranked below the adult population as a whole.

“America’s youth are running faster in the race to college but not keeping up with skill and employer demand on the job. Currently, even in the great recession, supply is growing by one percent and demand is growing twice as fast,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

The report also shows modest degree attainment gains from 2008-2010 across U.S. adult populations groups. The rates as of 2010 include: Asian (59.36%), White (42.96%), Black (26.84%), Native American (22.83%), and Hispanic (19.21%).

The top five states for college degree attainment as of 2010 are: Massachusetts (50.54%), Colorado (45.98%), New Hampshire (45.85%), Connecticut (45.84%) and Minnesota (45.79%). The top five metropolitan areas, ranked by degree attainment, are the Metropolitan Statistical Areas of: Washington, D.C. (54.37%), Boston (54.01%), San Francisco (52.91%), Minneapolis (50.06%), and Seattle (47.97%).

Detailed data arrays in the report show degree attainment percentages at the national, state and county levels. For the first time, Lumina Foundation offers– in addition to state- and county-level data–data on attainment in the 100 largest metropolitan areas and offers insights into what can be done to accelerate achievement across the country.

“We know that local business leaders and employers will be key partners in reaching the Big Goal and this is one of many steps we are taking to ensure these leaders have the tools they need to affect change,” said Merisotis.

Key Tables from A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education Report:

Top 10 states by degree attainment in 2010: Massachusetts (50.54%); Colorado (45.98%); New Hampshire (45.85%); Connecticut (45.84%); Minnesota (45.79%); New Jersey (45.3%); North Dakota (44.95%); Maryland (44.14%); New York (44.14%), and Vermont (44.07%).

Top 10 metro areas by degree attainment in 2010 (with a population of at least 2 million): Washington D.C. (54.37%); Boston (54.01%); San Francisco (52.91%); Minneapolis (50.06%); Seattle (47.97%); New York (45.88%); San Diego (43.95%); Baltimore (43.90%); Chicago (43.59%), and Atlanta (43.39%).

Bottom 10 states by degree attainment in 2010: West Virginia (26.08%); Arkansas (27.92%); Louisiana (28.24%); Nevada (29.46%); Mississippi (29.86%); Kentucky (30.04%); Alabama (31.46%); Oklahoma (31.72%); Tennessee (31.85%), and New Mexico (33.08%).

Bottom 10 MSAs by degree attainment in 2010 (based on the top 100 most populated MSAs): McAllen, TX (20.78%); Bakersfield, CA (21.33%); Stockton, CA (26.11%); Riverside, CA (27.54%); Lakeland, FL (27.57%); El Paso, TX (28.05%); Youngstown, PA (28.71%); Fresno, CA (28.71%); Las Vegas, NV (29.67%), and Baton Rouge, LA (31.65%).

Stronger Nation App: The Stronger Nation Report app can be downloaded through the iTunes store by using the search term “Stronger Nation 2012.”

Video Compilation: Leaders from Lumina Foundation talk about the report and how to increase degree attainment in America

News Release Sound Bites: Leaders from Lumina Foundation talk about the report and how to increase degree attainment in America:

About Lumina Foundation: Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners.  Lumina wants to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.  Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.

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Focus magazine goes interactive Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:47:15 +0000 matthew Discerning learning (Winter 2011)
Colleges find new ways to show what students know.

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Education Leader Sees Momentum For Reform Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:59:44 +0000 matthew More »]]> The leader of the nation’s largest private higher education foundation, says Governor Mitch Daniels and his administration, may have “the best momentum of any state in the country” when it comes to education reform.

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Lumina Foundation for Education Announces Second Quarter Grants (2Q 2007) Tue, 31 Jul 2007 18:40:45 +0000 matthew More »]]> Indianapolis – Lumina Foundation for Education awarded more than $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2007 to 26 organizations in 14 states and the District of Columbia to help increase college access and student success.

“The Foundation continues to address barriers that impede access to and success in postsecondary education, particularly among traditionally underserved groups,” said Martha D. Lamkin, president and chief executive officer. “Through the work of our grantees, college will become a reality for more students, and the many benefits of higher education will extend further into American society.”

The 26 grants approved during the quarter are listed below by state:

Taproot Foundation (San Francisco) – $120,000 to underwrite volunteer-led services to build capacity at organizations dedicated to college access and attainment.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (Boulder) – $10,000 to fund a meeting of leaders from K-12 and higher education on P-16 data and data system issues.

State Higher Education Executive Officers (Boulder) – $ 85,000 to support the implementation of data collection and analysis for the State Profile System of the Access and Excellence Initiative.

The Aspen Institute – $10,000 to sponsor the seminar for mid-America foundation chief executives.

Education Writers Association – $37,500 to elevate and improve news reporting on higher education issues.

Excelencia in Education, Inc. – $9,800 to support the production and distribution of a summary profile of Latino college students.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations – $25,000 to work with grantmakers to increase the pace of adoption of organizational learning practices.

Institute for Higher Education Policy – $289,000 to analyze and report on the implications of the European Community’s Bologna Process for the U.S. higher education system and to assess the quality of international comparative data on education attainment.

Institute for Higher Education Policy – $66,000 to enable the institute to more widely disseminate the findings of a forthcoming research study examining immigrants’ access to and success in higher education.

Hillsborough Community College Foundation (Tampa) – $192,172 to implement institutional change in the Achieving the Dream initiative.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (Chicago) – $350,000 to develop comparative analyses of state performance on adult learning and test the Adult Learning Policy Framework Review.

DePauw University (Greencastle) – $84,100 to support the National Hispanic Institute for Latino Students’ Young Leaders Conference at DePauw University during the summers of 2007-09.

Encouragement Services, Inc. (Bloomington) – $2,500 to inventory college access materials and curriculum for use with the Pathways to College Network library and KnowHow2GO ground campaign.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (Indianapolis) – $45,000 to provide operating support for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (Baton Rouge) – $4,500 to conduct planning for a 2008 College Goal Sunday event.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leaders (Grand Rapids) – $10,000 to support the Nonprofit 2020 Conference for emerging nonprofit leaders.

Scholarship America (Edina) – $600,000 to support the Disaster Relief Fund for Postsecondary Education Students.

Learning Matters, Inc. (New York City) – $7,000 to support travel scholarships for recipients of the George Foster Peabody Award for a youth-produced video.

Social Science Research Council (New York City) – $10,000 to transfer the database of research on college transitions, compiled by the Social Science Research Council as part of its project on Transitions to College: From Theory to Practice, to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

University of Mary (Bismarck) – $4,500 to conduct planning for a 2008 College Goal Sunday event.

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning (Philadelphia) – $75,000 to assist the philanthropic sector to become more effective through better use of evaluative information for decision making.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (Warwick) – $4,500 to conduct planning for a 2008 College Goal Sunday event.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (Austin) – $886,900 to support the development and national launch of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement for community colleges.

Educational Policy Institute, Inc. (Virginia Beach) – $10,000 to support the Retention 2007 conference on student retention.

GuideStar (Williamsburg) – $10,000 to provide academic researchers, instructors and students access to GuideStar premium services at no cost for the duration of their course or research projects.

Virginia Tech Foundation (Blacksburg) – $10,000 to contribute to the Hokie Spirit Scholarship fund in honor of the victims of the April 16, 2007 campus shootings.

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