News release

Lumina Foundation makes national service alliance commitment

Lumina joins other organizations to commit a total of $11M to Service Year exchange (SYx), a technology platform that will certify new Service Year positions. “We are working to reframe national service as a core component of postsecondary learning and a cost effective pathway,” said Lumina Foundation President & CEO, Jamie Merisotis. “This is a major step forward toward the nation’s goal of ensuring that 60% of Americans have a degree, certificate, or other high quality post-secondary credential by 2025.” More »

Public University Innovation Alliance

National Alliance Formed to Improve College Completion for Low-Income and First-Generation College Students; Raises $5.7 Million

The University Innovation Alliance is a newly-formed alliance of 11 top public research universities focused on helping 21st century students earn college degrees. The alliance is developing a “national playbook” of programs to benefit low-income and first-generation students. More »

Community College Excellence Program

The Aspen Institute announces 10 community college finalists for 2015

Ten finalists were announced for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million Aspen Prize is based on performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes and equitable outcomes for all students, but with a focus on traditionally underserved student groups. More »


Jamie Merisotis | Commentary

Education is the avenue to prosperity in America

Forbes recent list of the wealthiest individuals in each of the 50 states reveals a common link among them: education beyond high school. Lumina President Jamie Merisotis reveals the ties between individual earning power and higher education and reminds us that the popular dropout-turned-billionaire narrative is actually a rare exception. More »

Reports | July 2014

Reports from the field | July 2014

A monthly compilation of reports covering college cost, affordability, and other issues impacting the advancement of 21st century students, compiled from Lumina’s daily higher ed newsletter. Read now »

These reports are not necessarily funded by Lumina Foundation or its partners. The views expressed are those of report authors and not necessarily those of Lumina Foundation, its officers or employees.


Focus Magazine

Focus Summer 2014 | College-bound communities

The summer issue of Lumina Foundation Focus magazine demonstrates how Lumina’s community partnership efforts foster talent development in Columbus, IN, Buffalo, NY, and Santa Ana, CA. More »

Commencement Speech

Jamie Merisotis delivers commencement speech at Excelsior College in Albany, NY

Lumina president and CEO, Jamie P. Merisotis celebrates Excelsior students’ achievements and their contribution to America’s overall strength as a nation. More »

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