The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
our newsletter.


Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway

This report, from Public Agenda, captures the perspectives of current and former community college students on what they believe can improve their chances of persisting, completing or transferring. More »

Workforce development

A Decade Behind: Breaking out of the Low-Skill Trap in the Southern Economy

Increasing educational attainment is making inroads in the South, but many parts of the region continue to lag behind the nation in creating high-paying jobs and producing workers with the skills to fill them, says this study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. A Decade Behind offers a state-by-state analysis of employment and education profiles to help guide the South out of the low-skill/low-wage equilibrium. More »


Making Performance Funding Work for All

Efforts to implement performance funding should improve higher education for all students, not just those most likely to succeed, contends this report from The Working Poor Families Project. The report features comparisons of input- and outcomes-based higher education funding models, as well as policy recommendations to ensure low-income and non-traditional students are not adversely affected by new performance funding policies. More »



This new Web site from the Institute for Higher Education Policy provides more than 300 summaries of evidence-based academic research and policy-relevant reports on such higher education issues as college attainment, preparation and student success. More »


A Decade Behind: Breaking Out of the Low-Skill Trap in the Southern Economy

A new report finds that jobs in southern states will grow by 20% over the next 8 years—3 points above the national average—but those jobs will largely consist of low-paying, low-skill jobs. Catching up with the rest of the nation will require increased postsecondary degree production and modernization of existing industries. The Georgetown Center report provides a state-by-state analysis of employment and education profiles to help guide the South out of the low-skill/low-wage equilibrium. More »


Difficult Dialogues, Rewarding Solutions

This monograph represents a slice of what we heard during conversations held with higher education stakeholders in the 12 states of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as part of our “Difficult Dialogues” initiative. With the support of Lumina Foundation for Education, nearly 350 individuals participated in a series of “diffi cult dialogues” addressing one of the most critical challenges facing our nation—the need to produce millions of additional college graduates in order to meet workforce needs and remain economically competitive in the midst of one of the most challenging fiscal environments our nation has ever seen. More »


Improving College Readiness: Perspectives for Research, Policy, and Practice

Since 2005, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has held an annual policy summit exploring a timely issue or challenge with implications for higher education research, policy, and practice. The summit brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to engage in cross-sector dialogue and collaboration related to the given theme. Past summits have addressed topics including the education to workforce connection, the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the “Difficult Dialogues” needed to achieve college attainment goals while containing costs, and the contribution of higher education to economic development and community revitalization. The 7th annual MHEC policy summit, Ready or Not Here They Come: Ensuring the College Success of All Students, held November 14-15, 2011, brought over 200 participants from the K-12, higher education, government, business, and non-profi t sectors to Iowa City, Iowa to discuss issues surrounding college readiness and success. More »

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