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The equity imperative

Lumina's statement of commitment to both equity and excellence in higher education

Achieving Goal 2025 requires the acknowledgment of systemic disparities and the imperative of placing equity and excellence at the center of all work to improve postsecondary attainment. The current higher education system must be redesigned to give all Americans — regardless of race, income and other socioeconomic factors — the opportunities that postsecondary attainment provides. Read why equity matters »

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Thirty-five communities added to Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy

Today, 35 new U.S. communities were announced in the second cohort of Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy. The strategy was designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. More »

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Lumina Foundation Launches Challenge to Bridge the Gap between Education and Business

Lumina Foundation, in partnership with The Economist Group and InnoCentive, has launched a new crowdsourcing challenge which will generate solutions to closing the skills gap and increasing communication between higher education and today’s workforce. More »

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Innovation challenge

New $10,000 InnoCentive challenge announced: Scaling and sustaining adult learning

To celebrate College Unbound’s 5th anniversary, Lumina Foundation and College Unbound have opened an InnoCentive challenge seeking innovative ideas to support adult learners. Ideas will be accepted until June 30. More »

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Message from the President

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis outlines the Foundation's choice to follow a "leadership model" of philanthropy

As the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education, Lumina Foundation seeks to maximize its effectiveness in serving the public trust through a leadership model of philanthropy, in favor of following a strictly charitable role. Merisotis shares his thoughts on how that leadership model can lead to more significant and lasting change that will “permanently alter the conditions that make assistance necessary.” Read more »

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Policy

Lumina Foundation issues statement of federal policy priorities

A 21st Century federal higher education policy should encourage and reward innovation, help manage affordability in partnership with states, and objectively measure success based on student achievement. Lumina’s federal policy priorities are detailed in a 12-page report issued today. A two-page summary is also available. Read now »

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Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support

Today Lumina Foundation releases a group of 15 expert papers that explore new models of student financial support. These papers are all aimed at addressing one of the biggest barriers to college completion: the amount of money students are required to pay to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. More »

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