Approach: Lumina will incorporate these catalytic approaches into the strategies which it will pursue to produce the three critical outcomes of Preparation, Success and Productivity.
Improving public policy for higher education is key to achieving the outcomes that will lead to the big goal. Public policy leverages resources – particularly state investments – to support more effective practice in higher education. Increasing college access and success to the levels demanded by the big goal will require a systematic response from the entire education system, including community colleges, four-year institutions, adult learning systems, K-12 systems, employer-based training systems, and others. Only through policy can change at such a scale be realized. It is also true that for much of Lumina’s work, the only way to build long-term sustainability is through policy.
The objective of the Foundation’s public policy work is to support policy changes that ensure a greater volume of high-quality degree completion nationwide. Lumina will advocate for the actions it believes are necessary for the nation to reach 60 percent degree attainment.
The Policy Pyramid
Lumina’s framework for developing effective public policy includes four types of engagement:
Build capacity in organizations and systems that provide information and advice to policymakers on higher education issues.
Identify the issues that need to be addressed and analyze policy that can build consensus on the needed changes.
Set the agenda for the change that needs to occur.
Advocate for the policies that need to be adopted to bring about the change.
To advance and support its work on public policy, Lumina will take these steps:
Annually release a Lumina Policy Agenda which defines the Foundation’s policy objectives and priorities at the state and federal levels.
Establish a more formal presence in policy discussions at the federal level, including the Department of Education, the White House, Congress and national policy analysis and advocacy organizations that focus on higher education and economic issues.
Support the expansion of capacity in new and existing organizations to engage state policymakers to advance Lumina’s agenda.
Coordinate its policy work with and across its initiatives, key partner organizations and other foundations.