NextGen grant winners announced

Lumina Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in planning grants aimed at helping develop the “next generation” of college-access supports and services. These “NextGen” grants are designed to leverage the power of digital technology to promote new and innovative ways to support students on their pathway to college. Read more »  

Report | Workforce development

Risk of unemployment varies by college major

Not all college degrees are created equal when it comes to unemployment and salary. A new report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce finds the risk of unemployment and expected compensation for recent graduates varies considerably depending on their chosen majors. Read Hard Times, College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings »

American Public Media Podcast

Merisotis speaks about the recent White House meeting on productivity and affordability

President Barack Obama recently called college leaders to the White House to talk about making college more accessible and affordable for all Americans. Lumina President Jamie Merisotis spoke with American Public Media’s Stephen Smith about the White House meeting. Listen »

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Aspen Prize

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence winner announced

Valencia College of Orlando, FL was awarded the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Four runners-up, or “finalists with distinction” will receive $100,000. The finalists with distinction are: Lake Area Technical Institute (Watertown, SD); Miami Dade College (Miami, FL); Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA); and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah, KY). Valencia College, the Prize winner, will receive $600,000. More »

White House Roundtable on Affordability & Productivity in Higher Education

Lumina Foundation President and CEO, Jamie Merisotis, was invited to the White House for a morning meeting with President Obama on college costs and productivity. Among those included in the meeting with the President were leaders of three state university systems, three different private nonprofit college presidents and Jane Wellman, the founder and executive director of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability—who testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce with Merisotis last week. Merisotis shared Lumina’s thoughts on college productivity and affordability with the group, outlined in his testimony before Congress last week. Read the Nov. 30 testimony from Merisotis »


Speech | Jamie Merisotis

Rethinking Accreditation for the 21st Century: The Learning/Quality Imperative

In today’s world of intense global competition, where employers are demanding higher-skilled workers … where students and families are seeking more clarity and assurance about academic programs, “the actual outcomes of higher education are what matter” said Lumina President Jamie Merisotis to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He encouraged an embrace of the quality movement in higher education and asked SACS members to advocate for higher education, champion increased productivity, and help shape the Degree Qualifications Profile to help restore public trust in higher education and move the needle on Goal 2025. More »

Testimony | Jamie Merisotis

Merisotis testifies before Congressional Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis testified before committee members to help examine the causes of rising college tuition and to discuss innovative ways some institutions are lowering costs. Merisotis emphasized the need to change our graduation standard from a system based on time to a system based on actual student learning. Read his full written testimony »

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