The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
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Assuring Academic Quality in the 21st Century: Self-Regulation in a New Era

Providing access to higher education should be accompanied by educational programs that deliver real value to students, says this report from the American Council on Education. The report provides six recommendations that it believes higher education leaders need to strengthen and improve the quality and public accountability of the institutional accreditation process. Report site. More »

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Going the Distance in Adult College Completion: Lessons from the Non-traditional No More Project

A new publication from the Adult College Completion Network details promising practices at the state and institutional level aimed at bringing adults with some college but no degree back to complete their degrees. More »


Common Core State Standards Math: The Relationship Between High Standards, Systemic Implementation and Student Achievement

This research from Michigan State University indicates that the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, if properly implemented, can potentially improve student achievement and close achievement gaps. More »


Raising the Bar from Ready by 21 to Credentialed by 26

Student success depends on ensuring that a range of services and supports are available from multiple state agencies, says this brief from the Forum for Youth Investment. This report examines how leaders in four communities enlisted partners to commit to increasing postsecondary completion, used new data to inform planning efforts, extended their goals beyond college access to college completion, and strengthened connections between the K-12 and postsecondary systems. More »


Can Financial Aid Improve a Student’s Success at Louisiana’s Community Colleges?

Academic preparation may be a stronger predictor of college success than financial aid, according to a study by the American Institutes for Research. Findings from this report contend the amount of financial aid that students receive has no real impact on their academic success. Instead, preparation is a better forecaster. More »


Simplifying Student Aid: What it Would Mean for States

According to this College Board study that examined whether simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid might affect student eligibility for state need-based grant programs, little change would result in the way federal and state grants are awarded and the general integrity of aid programs would be kept intact. More »

The Condition of Education 2012

The Condition of Education

This report examines postsecondary enrollment, finance and student outcomes. Between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010, the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduates who received financial aid increased from 75 percent to 85 percent at four-year colleges. Ninety-two percent of students at for-profit colleges received aid in 2009-10, up from 55 percent in 2006-07. More »

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