The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
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Strengthening the STEM Pipeline

Small and midsize private colleges are outpacing many larger, public institutions in helping undergraduate students persist and complete their degrees in science, technology, mathematics, or engineering fields, says this report by the Council of Independent Colleges.

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Governors’ Top Education Issues

This policy brief from the Education Commission of the States highlights governors’ 2014 state-of-the-state addresses and their plans to increase the quality and availability of education—from preschool through postsecondary—as a way to spur economic growth and enhance the quality of More »

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The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults

To reduce youth joblessness, a new report by the Brookings Institution suggests integrating work-based learning opportunities into high school and college, expanding apprenticeships and linking high school to postsecondary educational credentials.


Minority-Serving Institutions: Doing More with Less

Doing More with Less shares new and updated data on the fiscal realities facing MSIs compared to other institutions, despite enrolling many of the nation’s neediest students. It also highlights the efforts of several MSIs from the Lumina MSI-Models of Success program to improve the educational experience and outcomes of their students—notwithstanding the fact these institutions are under-resourced, which impacts their ability to provide a full range of academic offerings and supports. More »

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CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion & Workforce Investment

Dual-enrollment courses with a career technical education focus are gaining popularity with students—something that should help states fulfill their college completion and workforce goals, says a report from the Education Commission for the States. The study offers several policy recommendations More »

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The Great Cost Shift Continues

Per-student state spending on public higher education is down nearly 27 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to this report from Demos. At the same time, the average tuition at four-year public universities has increased approximately 20 percent, the study More »

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Blueprint for SAT Redesign

Changes to the SAT test—the first since 2005—are designed to reinforce evidence-based thinking in students and promote college and career readiness and success, says the College Board. Among the forthcoming changes: “relevant” vocabulary words, a focus on fewer math topics, More »

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