The latest reports that inform Lumina’s work, as featured in
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Report | First Generation Students

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013

There is considerable room for improvement in preparing first-generation students for college and careers, says a report from ACT. About a quarter of high-school graduates who took the ACT in 2013 met all four of its college-readiness benchmarks, in English, reading, mathematics, and science, while only 9 percent of students whose parents did not go to college achieved all four benchmarks, according to the report. More » More »

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Barriers to Need-Based Financial Aid: Predictors of Timely FAFSA Completion Among Low-Income Students

Students with the greatest need for financial aid are the least likely to meet deadlines for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), according to a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago. More » More »

Report | Latino Student Success

The State of Latinos in Higher Education in California

The Latino population in California may be on its way to attaining majority status by 2050, but college degree attainment remains low despite significant increases in college-going rates, says a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. The report includes several recommendations to close the education gap and grow the state’s future workforce. More » More »

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Searching for Our Lost Associate’s Degrees

Searching for Our Lost Associate’s Degrees, from the Institute for Higher Education Policy, shares the development, processes, and lessons of Project Win-Win, a nine-state effort to boost college attainment rates by locating former students who are no longer enrolled anywhere and never awarded a degree and whose records indicate they were within striking distance of qualifying for associate’s degrees and awarding those degrees retroactively. More » More »

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Report | Gainful Employment

Improving Gainful Employment

A new policy brief from the New America Foundation outlines recommendations that is says will help ensure career training programs provide students with high-quality options resulting in good-paying jobs at a reasonable price. More » More »

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Report | Is College Worth It?

Smart Shoppers

A college education remains the best insurance policy against shifting labor markets, unemployment, and under-employment, says a new paper from College Summit and Bellweather Education Partners. At the same time, students still need help selecting the right college or university, taking on a manageable debt burden, and finishing their postsecondary degree, says Smart Shoppers: The End of the “”College for All”" Debate. More » More »

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Report | Student Engagement

A Matter of Degrees

Most community colleges offer completion-oriented strategies to help students persist and graduate, but participation in these programs continues to be low, says a report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement. More » More »

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