The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
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Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?
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Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?

A study from the New York Federal Reserve finds that even after factoring in rising tuition costs and student debt, a college degree still pays off. A person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn about $1.2 million more, from ages 22 to 64, than someone with a high school diploma, the report says. More »

Ensuring Educational Integrity
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Ensuring Educational Integrity

Increasing numbers of state and federal investigations have revealed widespread use of deceptive and illegal practices throughout the for-profit higher education sector. As a result, hundreds of thousands of students—a disproportionate number of which are low-income students and students of color—find themselves left with inferior educational programs and large amounts of debt. This report from theNational Consumer Law Center includes 10 recommendations it says can help states develop stronger for-profit school oversight laws and agencies. More »

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Addressing the Academic Barriers to Higher Education

Improving placement in college remediation classes; providing better college remediation services; and adopting measures to prevent the need for remediation are three recommendations this policy memo from The Hamilton Project at Brookings outlines to better address the academic barriers many students face in their pursuit of higher education. More »

Simplifying Complexity in the Student Experience: Gathering Data
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Simplifying Complexity in the Student Experience

This four-part case study from the Community College Research Center identifies key areas where community college students struggle because of excessive complexity in the academic decision-making process and what colleges can do to devise and implement relatively low-cost solutions to improve the student experience. More »

State Education Policy
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Dual enrollment: A strategy to improve college-going and college completion among rural students

A new brief from Education Commission of the States shows how some states are using dual-enrollment strategies to improve the college-going and college-completion rates of students in rural areas. More »

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Higher Education Tax Reform

A white paper from the Consortium for Higher Education Tax Reform examines how federal higher education tax benefits can work better for students and families to increase affordability, access and success. Four additional issue briefs by the Consortium’s partner members analyze in greater depth specific aspects of the policy recommendations outlined in the Consortium’s paper. More »

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Building a New AAU

The criteria used to select members of America’s most influential higher education organization may be encouraging colleges to adopt policies of exclusion, harming the cause of higher learning by closing down learning opportunities and raising college prices, according to this policy brief by New America Foundation. More »

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