State of the union address

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis comments on State of the Union address

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, President Barack Obama took note of the need to reduce the cost of higher education to assure that Americans continue to have access to the educational opportunities they need to succeed and contribute to the strengthening of our nation. As the President indicated, higher education is an economic imperative. Jobs that require skills and knowledge that can only be obtained through postsecondary education, including a growing number of advanced manufacturing jobs, are growing much faster than those that don’t. More »

Commentary | Jamie Merisotis

The Critical Connection Between Higher Education and the American Dream

The American Dream is built on the promise that individuals from all walks of life can find success and prosperity here. That dream has taken some hits recently and the rising cost of college tuition is part of the problem. As we dive into the new year, it’s time to put the issue of college productivity and affordability under the microscope. Read Merisotis’ latest entry at the Huffington Post »

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Podcast

Some college, no degree

However students get their textbooks — on an iPad or the old-fashioned way — those books don’t do any good unless they’re actually used. Listen »

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Lumina Foundation Focus™

Winter 2012 issue of Focus Magazine explores the Degree Qualifications Profile

The Degree Qualifications Profile, a framework for quality assurance in student learning, is being beta-tested at more than 100 institutions in 30 states. Read how two very different institutions in Southern California are using the DQP to help reshape their work. Read now »

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Grants

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 »  

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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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