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Innovation challenge

New $10,000 InnoCentive challenge announced: Scaling and sustaining adult learning

To celebrate College Unbound’s 5th anniversary, Lumina Foundation and College Unbound have opened an InnoCentive challenge seeking innovative ideas to support adult learners. Ideas will be accepted until June 30. More »

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Message from the President

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis outlines the Foundation's choice to follow a "leadership model" of philanthropy

As the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education, Lumina Foundation seeks to maximize its effectiveness in serving the public trust through a leadership model of philanthropy, in favor of following a strictly charitable role. Merisotis shares his thoughts on how that leadership model can lead to more significant and lasting change that will “permanently alter the conditions that make assistance necessary.” Read more »

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Policy

Lumina Foundation issues statement of federal policy priorities

A 21st Century federal higher education policy should encourage and reward innovation, help manage affordability in partnership with states, and objectively measure success based on student achievement. Lumina’s federal policy priorities are detailed in a 12-page report issued today. A two-page summary is also available. Read now »

News release

Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support

Today Lumina Foundation releases a group of 15 expert papers that explore new models of student financial support. These papers are all aimed at addressing one of the biggest barriers to college completion: the amount of money students are required to pay to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. More »

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Live event

Series of white papers explores new models of student financial support

The Lumina Ideas Summit was held in Washington D.C. on April 14 to exchange ideas about increasing attainment through new models of student financial support. A series of independently-produced papers around paying for college in a 21st century higher education system was released by the authors and discussed in a panel. Download the papers and see a video rebroadcast of the event. »

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Lumina Issue Papers

Lumina launches new issue paper series with reports on college costs and prices

New papers by Nate Johnson provide postsecondary analytics on college costs. More »

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Lumina leadership

Lumina Foundation announces vice president for policy and mobilization

Lumina Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Danette Howard as vice president for policy and mobilization. More »

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