News release

New study finds that earning power is increasingly tied to education: A college degree is critical to economic opportunity

As millions of students prepare to return to college, a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce confirms that the value of college degrees is increasing. Experts from Georgetown and Lumina Foundation say that postsecondary education has become the new gateway to the middle class and one of the most important economic issues of our time. More »

News release

Lumina Foundation Announces Second-Quarter Grants

Lumina Foundation awarded grants totaling $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. These 9 grants went to organizations in five states and the District of Columbia. More »

WGU 2011 Summer Commencement

Western Governors University equips a new class of 21st century students for real-world success

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis delivered the commencement address to WGU’s 2011 summer graduating class. He saluted the 21st century students who “represent the next step in the evolution of higher education” and recognized their success as one that benefits all Americans. More »

Opening keynote, SENCER Summer Institute

Faculty must lead the quality agenda

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis turned to the faculty and academic leaders of SENCER for testing and refining the Degree Qualifications Profile. Merisotis emphasized that student success requires real-world program design, “shifting the perspective from an institutional view to a student-centered one.” Read his remarks »


Merisotis encourages state governors to focus on student achievement

“Serving students well is the best way to serve your state” said Lumina President Jamie Merisotis at the National Governors Association meeting. He urged governors to focus efforts on students, not institutions to generate more graduates. More »

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