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Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges

This report from the Education Trust lays out a comprehensive plan for the federal government to leverage existing resources—in the form of student aid and tax benefits—to better protect students and taxpayer dollars from going to chronically underperforming schools. The plan also encourages elite colleges to open their gates to many more talented working class and low-income students. More »

Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

A study from the New York Federal Reserve finds that even after factoring in rising tuition costs and student debt, a college degree still pays off. A person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn about $1.2 million more, from ages 22 to 64, than someone with a high school diploma, the report says. More »

Ensuring Educational Integrity

Ensuring Educational Integrity

Increasing numbers of state and federal investigations have revealed widespread use of deceptive and illegal practices throughout the for-profit higher education sector. As a result, hundreds of thousands of students—a disproportionate number of which are low-income students and students of color—find themselves left with inferior educational programs and large amounts of debt. This report from theNational Consumer Law Center includes 10 recommendations it says can help states develop stronger for-profit school oversight laws and agencies. More »

Live event

Lumina Ideas Summit: New pathways to higher education diversity

Live streamed summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch now »

News release

New Research: Affirmative Action Based on Disadvantage Could Increase Racial Diversity at America’s Most Elite Colleges

New research reveals African-American and Hispanic enrollments at America’s 193 most elite colleges would more than double if the top ten percent of every class were guaranteed admission and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds were given an admissions boost. More »

The equity imperative

Lumina's statement of commitment to both equity and excellence in higher education

Achieving Goal 2025 requires the acknowledgment of systemic disparities and the imperative of placing equity and excellence at the center of all work to improve postsecondary attainment. The current higher education system must be redesigned to give all Americans — regardless of race, income and other socioeconomic factors — the opportunities that postsecondary attainment provides. Read why equity matters »

Message from the President

Reflections on Lumina’s History, and Its Future

Lumina President and CEO, Jamie Merisotis reflects on Lumina Foundation’s formation as an independent, non-partisan private foundation and its future as an organization singularly focused on Goal 2025. More »

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