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Single Mothers and College Success: Creating Paths out of Poverty

For many single mothers, a college degree is a gateway to the middle class, and community colleges often provide the most accessible and flexible option to progress to and through college, says this report by Women Employed. It focuses on six areas in which federal or state policy changes can impact retention and graduation rates of single-parent students. More »


Building Integrated Pathways to Sustainable Careers

This report examines a Jobs for the Future initiative that is working with 11 states to improve educational and economic opportunities for adult basic education learners. The report highlights policy and program barriers to student success, as well as strategies to help more adults achieve postsecondary credentials. More »

Access and Success Series

Focusing on Adult Learners in Postsecondary Education: Responding to the Challenge in a New Age

In October 2011, Lumina Foundation and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) convened a meeting focused on how to transform higher education to serve adult learners most effectively in the 21st century. A diverse group of postsecondary leaders, accreditors, employers, policy makers, and adult learning advocates worked together to outline priorities for ensuring adult academic and career success in a time of resource constraints in higher education. This action-oriented convening started with questions related to serving adult learners better and progressed to a discussion of specific steps needed in order to respond to the challenges of a new age. More »

Speech | Holly Zanville

The Role of Education in Our National Security

Good morning. It’s a great pleasure to join you today to share with you why Lumina is focusing on adult students and share some of the work that Lumina is doing in this area. More »


Beyond Basic Skills: State Strategies to Connect Low-Skilled Students to an Employer-Valued Postsecondary Education

This report, from the Center for Law and Social Policy, calls on states to connect basic skills education with postsecondary education as way to meet needs of both lower-skilled individuals and the labor market. Among the strategies the report suggests: More »