Lumina Foundation Announces Third-Quarter Grants

INDIANAPOLIS—Lumina Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $11 million in the third-quarter of 2011.  These 21 grants went to organizations in nine 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.

“Education, specifically higher education, is one of the most critical factors in our nation’s long-term economic growth plans,” said Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis. “A dramatic increase in educational attainment must become a top national priority if we intend to build our labor pool and beat out other countries for the jobs of the future. At Lumina, we support organizations that are committed to increasing the number of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.”

Preparation (8 Grants)

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (Washington, DC) $212,000 to support the work of the College Readiness Partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities,  Council of Chief State School Officers and State Higher Education Executive Officers.

American Council on Education (Washington, DC) $55,000 to fund the development and distribution of KnowHow2Go communications materials.

Center for Law and Social Policy (Washington, DC) $355,000 to gain a better understanding of the interaction between financial aid and benefit programs, and identifying policy opportunities at both the state and federal levels.

Center for Law and Social Policy (Washington, DC) $1,500,000 to serve as intermediary for a three-year initiative to test operational and financing models for integrating benefits access services in community colleges.

Council of Chief State School Officers (Washington, DC) $300,000 to secure staff/consultant capacity for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop strategies and activities to engage higher education institutions and leaders in the Consortium’s member states.

The Education Trust (Washington, DC) $56,800 to organize and conduct an annual college application week to increase the number of first generation and low-income students that apply for admission and enroll in a postsecondary education certificate or degree program.

The Mind Trust (Indianapolis, IN) $250,000 to support the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship program for innovative leaders in education.

United Way Worldwide (Alexandria, VA) $250,000 to support a planning grant that develops a national United Way network model for student supports and success.

Success (11 Grants)

American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC) $500,000 to increase public access to measures of the labor market success of college graduates by program and by campus.

Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA) $600,000 to double the number of Hispanic and Latino Students attending college from Southeast Georgia.

The Aspen Institute (Washington, DC) $250,000 to develop and strengthen relationships between community colleges and employers so that education and training is more aligned to the labor market needs.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc (Rockville, MD) $550,000 to expand Goodwill’s Community College Career Collaboration Project.

Hispanic Federation, Inc (New York, NY) $600,000 to increase the academic success and graduation rates of Latino students in targeted CUNY colleges.

Hispanics in Philanthropy (San Francisco, CA) $600,000 to increase postsecondary access and success rates for Latinos.

Miami Dade College (Miami, FL) $600,000 to increase Latino degree and credential attainment and close the achievement gap.

National Skills Coalition (Washington, DC) $300,000 to develop and launch a new national Workforce Data Quality Campaign.

New America Foundation (Washington, DC) $300,000 to create a Postsecondary National Policy Institute for congressional staff.

Santa Ana College (Santa Ana, CA) $600,000 to increase the number of Latino Students earning high-quality postsecondary degrees and credentials.

Southwest Texas Junior College (Uvalde, TX) $600,000 to increase the number of first-generation low-income Latino students achieving college success.

Productivity (2 Grants)

Association of American Colleges and Universities (Washington, DC) $2,195,100 to assess the Degree Qualifications Profile competencies in the context of student transfer.

Utah Board of Regents (Salt Lake City, UT) $390,000 to expand Tuning in the Utah System of Higher Education.

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.

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