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.


As the nation’s largest private foundation focused exclusively on getting more Americans into and through higher education, Lumina has a unique leadership opportunity—and responsibility—to support the achievement of the big goal.

The Foundation acknowledges that increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025 is an audacious goal. Still, our work and experience suggest that meeting this goal is essential to the nation’s economic and social well-being, and that the goal is attainable if:

  • Students are prepared academically, financially and socially for success in education beyond high school.

  • Higher education completion rates improve significantly.

  • Higher education productivity increases to expand capacity and serve more students.

Change of this magnitude will only be possible with the active engagement and support of many organizations and individuals. That is why Lumina Foundation is eager to partner with colleges and universities, state and federal governments, business and labor, peers in philanthropy, and others committed to making the promise of American higher education a reality for millions more Americans.


One Response to Conclusion

  1. Marya Czech says:

    Dear Colleagues,
    Many thanks for all the efforts of the foundation to advance more than adequate preparation for higher education. At my university we have long had remedial courses and are now developing a more stringent access program.
    Because our Lourdes ecology majors and I have done service learning in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan–with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s natural resources staff, I have become familiar with some of the educational “deficits” of the area.
    As an outcome of our trips, I have formed a steering committee to study the feasibility of creating a biological field station in the Keweenaw Bay area. The project’s home base is currently Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. In addition to Michigan Tech (Houghton MI), Saginaw Valley State University, Delta Community College (Saginaw MI) we have the possibility of inviting the participation of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Bay Mills Community College, La Courte Oreille (WI) and other tribal institutions in the northern Great Lakes area.
    We have begun to list the undergraduate courses we can provide as well as research on various Great Lakes environmental issues. We hope to offer GIS training and and aquatic biology course as early as next summer.
    What I am asking is this: Could I please be assigned a Lumina mentor who could match this project with a foundation grant and walk me through the steps of the application process? I am aware that our indigenous people have a poor high school and college admission rate, so I think a consortium based environmental endeavor such as our field station may begin the slow process of cultural acceptance of higher education, especially if we can include the cross-cultural elements that the participation of tribal colleges may bring.
    I intend to resign my position in our biology deparment at the end of the spring semester in order to devote my time and ability for the laying of groundwork for the field station. I suspect that friend-raising, fund-raising and grant writing be the the bulk of my work on behalf of our consortium; I hope to bring the project to the hiring of a director who will then further the field station’s mission, vision, and development.
    Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
    Best regards!
    Marya Czech
    Lourdes University
    Sylvania OH 43560

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