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Latino Student Success: A Key Driver on the Road to Goal 2025

Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America, and a new effort is now focused on leveraging the critical connection between their educational attainment and the future of our national economy. Lumina Foundation is launching a collaborative partnership to strengthen ventures in key metropolitan areas that show promise in improving the postsecondary attainment of Latino students. More »

Goal 2025 | Workforce Development

Jobs in STEM fields are available but U.S. workforce lacks the skills to fill those jobs

People working in STEM fields on average earn higher wages and have more available job openings, but our production of workers qualified for those jobs is lacking and must increase for the U.S. to be globally competitive. More »

Speech by Jamie Merisotis

The Difference Makers: Adult Students and Achieving Goal 2025

The adult student population is becoming an increasingly important area for higher education and the entire nation. Hear why Lumina President Jamie Merisotis believes it is critical to the health of the national economy and for the stability and security of the nation in his speech to the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. More »

Speech by Elizabeth Gutierrez

Reengineering higher education

Higher education professionals are part of civic society, which makes them stewards of the public trust, according to Elizabeth Gutierrez, Lumina’s director of state policy. Read her speech presented at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ 25th anniversary celebration. More »

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 »

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