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A stronger nation through higher education
Updated state-by-state college attainment statistics that can serve as a call to action to make higher education more accessible and attainable for all Americans. (June. 2013)

The Degree Qualifications Profile PDF
A new framework for defining the learning and quality that college degrees should signify. (Jan. 2011)

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Fast and focused
Accelerated degree programs keep students locked in on learning (Fall 2013)

Friendly Forces
Returning veterans need staunch allies on college campuses (Spring 2013)

Working credentials
Sub-baccalaureate degrees, certificates are paying off for students and employers (Fall 2012)

College, rewired
Innovative approaches help higher education connect to productivity (Summer 2012)

A new lens for learning
DQP’ has promise as a tool to ensure degrees’ quality (Winter 2012)

Flexing the faculty PDF
When these few educate 50,000, productivity rules (Summer 2011)

Un nuevo día PDF
As Latino population grows, so must college attainment. (Spring 2011)

Discerning learning PDF
Colleges find new ways to show what students know. (Winter 2011)

The cost quandary PDF

Hard times intensify the nation’s urgent need for college graduates. (Fall 2010)

The productivity push PDF

Columns of data provide support for student achievement. (Summer 2010)

Off the charts PDF

Columns of data provide support for student achievement. (Spring 2010)

No more kid stuff PDF

Colleges and universities take a mature approach to serving adult students. (Fall 2009)

Remediation redux PDF

Innovative colleges and universities are working hard to expand and enhance developmental education—an indispensable tool in the vital national effort to boost student success. (Fall 2008)

Pillars of progress PDF

Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) often go above and beyond the call of duty to encourage engagement and provide support to traditionally underrepresented students. This issue of Lumina Foundation Focus magazine, titled “Pillars of progress,” examines MSIs and their efforts to maximize student success. (Spring 2008)

Campus connections PDF

‘Near-peer’ mentoring and other innovative efforts help widen the college track. In this issue, you’ll read about programs increasing college access and success in Maine, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington state and at the national level. (Fall 2007)

A changing picture PDF

College costs are rising and rates of degree attainment are falling. Learn about four innovative programs to help more students succeed. (Winter 2007)

Front-porch pathfinders PDF

Take a closer look at the heroes of college access: the counselors, mentors and advocates who work one-on-one with today’s young people to help them become tomorrow’s college students and future graduates. (Fall 2006)

Barrier busters PDF

Community colleges serve 47 percent of the nation’s African-American undergraduates, 56 percent of Latinos and 57 percent of Native Americans. Learn how two-year institutions help millions of students overcome challenges in the pursuit of postsecondary opportunity. (Winter 2006)

Dreams detoured PDF

The rising cost of college is a problem, not just for students and families, but also for officials and policy-makers. This issue tackles the college cost issue head on, exploring the problem from the varied perspectives of students, administrators and policy-makers. (Fall 2005)

Lifelong lessons PDF

Nontraditional students are becoming the norm in postsecondary institutions around the country as adults seek postsecondary education in growing numbers. Adult programs are now found in diverse types of institutions that are responding to the varied needs of adult students. (Winter 2005)

Refuse to lose PDF

Today’s colleges and universities must work to foster student success. Students who enroll in a four-year residential program right out of high school are no longer the norm–and even many of those who fit this category come to campus with needs and expectations that defy traditional patterns. (Spring 2004)
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Restricted access PDF

The doors to higher education remain closed to many deserving students. Tens of thousands of students–especially low-income and minority students–are academically unprepared for higher education, come from backgrounds in which college aspirations are not the norm, and/or lack the information they need to gain access. (Summer 2003)


Lumina Foundation Lessons: When networks build a platform, students step up PDF
(Spring 2010)
Lumina Foundation Lessons: Students aren’t just data points, but numbers do count PDF
We must collect better student success data. America’s colleges and universities cannot fulfill their mission if large numbers of students fail to complete a program of study. This issue of Lumina Foundation Lessons demonstrates the power of data to inform and transform postsecondary institutions. (Winter 2008)
Lumina Foundation Lessons: Places—and faces—that foster student success PDF
In 2002, universities across Indiana began experimenting with strategies to enhance persistence rates among freshmen and sophomore students. See what our grantees have learned, and read Lumina Foundation Lessons: Places—and faces—that foster student success. (March 2007)

Annual reports

2008 Annual Report PDF

Meet Steve Chrisman of Nappanee, Ind. His goal is our goal: a secure future, better opportunities and the prosperity that postsecondary education makes possible. See how Lumina Foundation reassessed its own goals in 2008 and strengthened its work with a new plan of action.

2007 Annual Report PDF
2006 Annual Report PDF

The United States is slipping as a competitor in the global economy. Postsecondary educational attainment is key to reversing this trend. Lumina Foundation is committed to collaborating with others to restore the United States as a global leader in educational attainment by 2025.

2005 Annual Report PDF

The students we seek to assist know that learning can be challenging. Many of them face formidable barriers as they pursue their educational goals. Still, many persist because the rewards of education are so great. Their example inspires us to know all that we can in order to do all that we can.

2004 Annual Report PDF

Helping more students enter and succeed in higher education is the best way we know to build a better tomorrow. But we can’t do it alone. Read the record of our partnerships with institutions, with policy-makers and with other organizations in 2004.

2003 Annual Report PDF

Lumina Foundation supports efforts to break down barriers that separate people from their potential—barriers of income, color or ethnicity, age, or inexperience with higher education. In this report, you can see how our 2003 grantees are breaking down the barriers and focusing on the future.

2002 Annual Report PDF

At Lumina Foundation, we strive to spread the light of higher education by making grants that improve access, enhance student success and address the needs of adult learners. In this annual report, you’ll see reflections of fine work—the work of our grantees in 2002.

Research reports (2001 – 2007)

Returning to Learning: Adults’ Success in College is Key to America’s Future PDF

Read a summary of findings from the Emerging Pathways project, which seeks to identify the diverse needs and characteristics of adult learners, understand patterns of enrollment in credit and non-credit-bearing courses and offer advice to postsecondary institutions and policymakers committed to adult learners’ success. (March 2007)

Critical Connections: Linking States’ Unit Record Systems to Track Student Progress PDF

Learn why better student-tracking data would enhance efforts to help college students succeed and fill a critical economic need to increase the number of students who earn college degrees. (February 2007)
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Paths to Persistence: An Analysis of Research on Program Effectiveness at Community Colleges PDF

Learn why an increased commitment to research on community colleges must play a role in strategies to increase student success. (January 2005)
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Powerful Partnerships: Independent Colleges Share High-impact Strategies for Low-income Students’ Success PDF

Read a volume of essays solicited and chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges illustrating the range of institutional efforts that can influence access and success for low-income students. (October 2004)
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Fifty Years of College Choice: Social, Political and Institutional Influences on the Decision-making Process PDF

by Jilian Kinzie, Megan Palmer, John Hayek, Don Hossler, Stacy Jacob and Heather Cummings: Review 50 years of changes in student demographics, admissions practices and shifts in public policies relating to student choice. (September 2004)
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When Saving Means Losing: Weighing the Benefits of College-savings Plans PDF

by Roberto M. Ifill and Michael S. McPherson: Learn why federally subsidized college savings plans seldom aid low-income families and may even penalize these families. (July 2004)
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Unintended Consequences of Tuition Discounting PDF

by Jerry S. Davis, Lumina Foundation: Find out why tuition discounting—the strategic use of financial aid to lower the sticker price of a college education for designated applicants—may carry unintended, negative consequences for colleges and universities and some low-income students. (May 2003)
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Meeting the Access Challenge: Indiana’s Twenty-first Century Scholars Program PDF

by Edward P. St. John, Glenda Droogsma Musoba, Ada B. Simmons and Choong-Geun Chung, Indiana Education Policy Center: Examine a program that has been shown to improve postsecondary opportunity for low-income students. (August 2002)
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Hope Works: Student Use of Education Tax Credits PDF

by Barbara A. Hoblitzell and Tiffany L. Smith, University of California, Office of the President: Examine the effectiveness of the Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits in helping students at a large state university system meet the cost of college. (November 2001)
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Learning in the Fast Lane: Adult Learners’ Persistence and Success in Accelerated College Programs PDF

by Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Jennifer E. Mauldin and Sandra W. Gahn, the Center for the Study of Accelerated Learning, School for Professional Studies, Regis University: Compare the success rates of adult students in traditional and accelerated college programs. (August 2001)
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Debts and Decisions: Student Loans and Their Relationship to Graduate School and Career Choice PDF

by Donald E. Heller, University of Michigan School of Education: Learn how student loan debt affects post-baccalaureate educational and career choices. (June 2001)
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