Indianapolis—Lumina Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $15.4 million in the first quarter of 2011. These 11 grants went to organizations in eight states and the District of Columbia.
As listed below, Lumina’s grant making reflects the Foundation’s commitment to three primary areas:
Preparation—Students are prepared academically, financially and socially for success in education beyond high school;
Success—Higher education completion rates are improved significantly; and,
Productivity—Higher education productivity is increased to expand capacity and serve more students.
“The key to our nation’s long-term economic success is a 21st century labor force, one with adaptable workers who possess the kinds of high-level skills and relevant knowledge that can only be offered in well-designed and rigorous postsecondary programs,” said Jamie Merisotis, President/CEO of Lumina Foundation. “That’s why The Big Goal—that by the year 2025, 60 percent of working-age Americans will hold high-quality college degrees or credentials – is all about ensuring that many more students enroll in and complete such programs, which is the focus of the deserving organizations that Lumina granted dollars to in the first quarter.”
Preparation (1 Grant)
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (Boulder, CO) $47,500 to assist Lumina Foundation, the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Career, and the Smarter/balanced Assessment Consortia implement their common agenda in ensuring meaningful higher education involvement in the two K-12 assessment consortia.
Success (5 Grants)
Achieving the Dream, Inc. (Chapel Hill, NC) $2,000,000 to support attainment of degrees and credentials by community college students nationally through Achieving the Dream, Inc.
ACT Inc (Iowa City, IA) $200,000 to build state capacity to share data across educational sectors.
The Aspen Institute (Washington DC) $1,000,000 to create The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which will recognize outstanding academic and workforce outcomes and improvements among community colleges; stimulate innovation and improvement within the field; and contribute to the development of high quality, consistent metrics and benchmarks for assessing community college outcomes.
Complete College America (Zionsville, IN) $200,000 to provide technical assistance to state consortia to assist in the development of strong Community College and Career Training Grant (C3TG) applications.
United Negro College Fund (Fairfax, VA) $200,000 to support strategic planning to improve the operation and performance of the United Negro College Fund.
Productivity (5 Grants)
Council of Independent Colleges (Washington DC) $425,000 to explore the applicability and usefulness of the Degree Qualifications Profile on independent college campuses.
Higher Learning Commission (Chicago, IL) $425,000 to explore the applicability and usefulness of the Degree Qualifications Profile through the Open Pathways accreditation affirmation process.
SPEC Associates (Detroit, MI) $2,800,000 to evaluate Lumina Foundation’s higher education productivity work.
The Tides Center (San Francisco, CA) $5,053,100 to support Lumina Foundation’s multi-state, multi-year Productivity Grant initiative by managing contracts with states focused on restructuring costs of administrative and academic services to expand capacity to educate college students.
The Tides Center (San Francisco, CA) $3,096,900 to support Lumina Foundation’s multi-state, multi-year Productivity Grant initiative by managing contracts with states focused on incentivizing college completion to encourage graduation of many more Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials.
About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change.