The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
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Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education

This report, from seven higher education research centers, offers a series of educational policies and practices that it says should be implemented to improve outcomes for boys and men of color at every junction of their education. One of the report’s recommendations to reduce the number of minority men from dropping out of college includes requiring institutions to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missed assignments, or poor attendance. More »

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A Hidden Cause of Rising Tuition

Research shows the cost of attending college continues to rise, with tuition increases outpacing national inflation. One often overlooked cause may be the practice of tuition discounting, concludes this report from Education Commission of the States. More »

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National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship is an underutilized education and workforce development strategy with the potential to connect businesses to skilled workers and workers to good jobs, according to a report from Center for American Progress. Among the report’s suggestions to expand and strengthen America’s apprenticeship programs is the creation of employer-written national guideline standards. More »


Laying Tracks to Graduation

Diplomas Now was formed by three national organizations as part of an effort to identify high school students who were at risk of dropping out and provide targeted supports to get failing students back on track. This report from MDRC shares first-year implementation findings and discusses the collaboration progress among Diplomas Now partners and participating schools. More »

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The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014

More high school students are taking ACT exams—57 percent in 2014 vs. 54 percent in 2013 and about 39 percent in 2010, says to a new report from ACT. However, the percentage of students who are ready for college remains flat, the report says. More »

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How America Pays for College

Ninety-eight percent of families agree that college is a worthwhile investment and more than eight in 10 families say they are willing to stretch themselves financially to obtain the opportunities afforded by higher education, according to an annual survey by Sallie Mae. Included in this year’s report is a new section on first-generation students and what they did to accomplish their college journey. More »

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Some College, No Degree

More than 31 million Americans who enrolled in college in the past two decades left without a degree, with almost one third remaining for only one term, according to a new study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report goes on to say that 4 million “potential completers,” mostly under the age of 30, finished at least two years’ worth of work and could be easily recruited and encouraged to graduate. More »

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