Video | keynote speech by Lumina's Jim Applegate

Education must be student-centered

Lumina’s Vice President for Program Development, Jim Applegate told academic advisers their work is more important than ever. He spoke at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)’s annual conference in Denver on the crucial need to increase opportunities for our nation’s 21st century students. More »  

Audio | NPR's All Things Considered

Obama's pay-as-you-earn program will reduce student loan payments for 1.6M Americans but won't solve every student's debt problem

Outstanding student loans debt is projected to reach $1 trillion before the end of the year. With tuition rates growing faster than inflation the Obama administration unveiled a student loan plan to offer relief. Lumina Foundation’s Jamie Merisotis tells NPR’s Claudio Sanchez the Obama plan is a step in the right direction but doen’t go far enough to address problems of college pricing and affordability. Listen »

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Report | Workforce Development

New report finds that 63 percent of associate degrees in STEM pay more than bachelor's degrees in non-STEM occupations

The report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce finds that STEM jobs are the best-paying jobs for people at the sub-baccalaureate level. Yet a major conclusion of the report is that STEM jobs do not satisfy individual social and entrepreneurial interests resulting in STEM talent moving outside their respective fields, and leaving the U.S. without the necessary STEM workers to compete successfully in the global economy. Read the report »

American Public Media Podcast

Efficiencies on Campus

Many corporations are demanding cheaper, faster and more efficient work from their employees. Now that bottom-line kind of thinking is coming to higher education. American Public Radio’s Marketplace takes a look. Listen »

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Speech | Maine Symposium on Higher Education

Linking College Success and Economic Prosperity in Maine

Employers, educators and civic leaders understand the huge payoffs that come from a well-educated, innovative and productive workforce. Lumina President Jamie Merisotis provides actionable steps for increasing the number of college graduates in a Maine address. Read his full remarks »

Keynote speech

Cutting the Trust Deficit and Investing in College Success

The reservoir of public trust for higher education is deep, it certainly isn’t bottomless, according to Lumina President Jamie Merisotis. He spoke to the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities on public trust in higher education, and suggested four ways to curb the deficit of confidence in public learning institutions. Read his full remarks »

Merisotis op-ed in Christian Science Monitor

A partnership to boost the US economy: business and higher education

With college tuition costs skyrocketing, and a dearth of skilled workers, American businesses worry they won’t have enough educated employees to power their companies – and fuel economic recovery. Companies have begun to partner with colleges to meet a mutual demand. More »

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