The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
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Readiness

Do High-Stakes Placement Exams Predict College Success?

This study from the Community College Research Center report that many community college students are unnecessarily placed into remedial classes because of their scores on standardized tests – and that high school grade-point averages should serve as another gauge of college readiness. This publication focuses on a large urban community college system. More »

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Persistence

Transfer and Mobility

New research says more students follow complex pathways throughout their college careers, attending multiple institutions and transferring once, twice, and even three times. This publication, from the National Student Clearinghouse, calls for better methods of measuring and reporting institutional effectiveness so that policymakers and postsecondary schools can develop strategies that more accurately reflect how students attain their degrees. More »

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Degree completion

Employer Views on the Value of PLA

The idea that college-level skills and knowledge can be acquired on the job or through life experience is resonating with more employers, according to this research brief from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Study findings highlight conversations with 19 U.S. employers on prior learning assessments and how incorporating PLA into employer tuition-assistance programs may save time and money for workers who pursue additional education, training, and credentials. More »

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Equity

Much Accomplished, Much at Stake

Maryland has an excellent track in terms of U.S. college attainment, ranking fourth in the percentage of adults with at least an associate degree. But its success is marked by sharp education disparities among poor, Black and Hispanic residents, says this report from the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education. More »

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Outcomes

The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators?

Harvard University researchers conclude that first-time graduates of for-profit institutions have higher debt burdens, have greater unemployment rates and lower earnings, and are less satisfied with their college experiences than graduates of public and private non-profit institutions. This report commends for-profits for retaining students during their first year and helping them complete shorter certificate and associate degree programs. More »

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Insight

Black Male Student Success in Higher Education

Studies that emphasize the troubled educational status of Black males yield few solutions for improvement, contends this report from the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. The report counterbalances deficit information with views from Black males who’ve overcome odds to successfully navigate to and through higher education. More »

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Policy

Taking Action for America

Approximately 13 million Americans remain unemployed, while more than 3 million available jobs cannot be filled by previously displaced workers because of gaps in skills and training. This publication, from the Business Roundtable, provides a specific set of recommendations designed to advance education and workforce policies that restore U.S. economic growth and equip workers with the skills needed for future workplace demands. More »

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