Public University Innovation Alliance

National Alliance Formed to Improve College Completion for Low-Income and First-Generation College Students; Raises $5.7 Million

The University Innovation Alliance is a newly-formed alliance of 11 top public research universities focused on helping 21st century students earn college degrees. The alliance is developing a “national playbook” of programs to benefit low-income and first-generation students. More »

Lumina Grant | Guided Pathways to Success

$1M grant aims at boost on-time college degree completion at Purdue, elsewhere

Indiana colleges will receive more support to help their on-time college completion efforts under a new $1 million grant announced Tuesday by Gov. Mike Pence. More »

2013 Aspen Prize

2013 Aspen Prize winners announced

Santa Barbara City College (CA) and Walla Walla Community College (WA) were announced today as co-winners of the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Prize for Community College Excellence. Two finalists-with-distinction, were also named: Kingsborough Community College (NY) and Lake Area Technical Institute (SD.) More »

Student Resource

The Adult Learner

This online resource for returning adults offers a searchable database of for-credit online courses and degree programs. Available to students in 16 southern states. More »


Foundations Help 12 State Partnerships Expand Associate Degree Completion for Students Transferring from Community Colleges to Universities

Five foundations are contributing a total of $6.4 million to support Lumina’s Credit when it’s due program. Kresge Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, and USA Funds have joined Lumina to help community college transfer students complete their associate degrees. Read more »

Report | Lumina-supported

Cracking the Credit Hour

The credit hour—the standard unit of measurement for higher education—tells us very little about what students actually learn. A new report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation advocates a shift in federal policy away from the old standard to better prepare college graduates for success beyond college. More »


American Radioworks “Tomorrow’s College” Series continues with “Grit, Luck and Money”

The YES Prep Charter School Network in Houston demonstrates great success in getting first-generation students into college. But getting them to graduate is another story. American Public Media investigates the factors that determine success to help more low-income college students succeed.

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