Community College Excellence Program

The Aspen Institute announces 10 community college finalists for 2015

Ten finalists were announced for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million Aspen Prize is based on performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes and equitable outcomes for all students, but with a focus on traditionally underserved student groups. More »


Jamie Merisotis | Commentary

Education is the avenue to prosperity in America

Forbes recent list of the wealthiest individuals in each of the 50 states reveals a common link among them: education beyond high school. Lumina President Jamie Merisotis reveals the ties between individual earning power and higher education and reminds us that the popular dropout-turned-billionaire narrative is actually a rare exception. More »

Reports | July 2014

Reports from the field | July 2014

A monthly compilation of reports covering college cost, affordability, and other issues impacting the advancement of 21st century students, compiled from Lumina’s daily higher ed newsletter. Read now »

These reports are not necessarily funded by Lumina Foundation or its partners. The views expressed are those of report authors and not necessarily those of Lumina Foundation, its officers or employees.


Focus Magazine

Focus Summer 2014 | College-bound communities

The summer issue of Lumina Foundation Focus magazine demonstrates how Lumina’s community partnership efforts foster talent development in Columbus, IN, Buffalo, NY, and Santa Ana, CA. More »

Commencement Speech

Jamie Merisotis delivers commencement speech at Excelsior College in Albany, NY

Lumina president and CEO, Jamie P. Merisotis celebrates Excelsior students’ achievements and their contribution to America’s overall strength as a nation. More »

Live event

Lumina Ideas Summit: New pathways to higher education diversity

Live streamed summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch now »

News release

New Research: Affirmative Action Based on Disadvantage Could Increase Racial Diversity at America’s Most Elite Colleges

New research reveals African-American and Hispanic enrollments at America’s 193 most elite colleges would more than double if the top ten percent of every class were guaranteed admission and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds were given an admissions boost. More »

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