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$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.


Difficult Dialogues, Rewarding Solutions

This monograph represents a slice of what we heard during conversations held with higher education stakeholders in the 12 states of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as part of our “Difficult Dialogues” initiative. With the support of Lumina Foundation for Education, nearly 350 individuals participated in a series of “diffi cult dialogues” addressing one of the most critical challenges facing our nation—the need to produce millions of additional college graduates in order to meet workforce needs and remain economically competitive in the midst of one of the most challenging fiscal environments our nation has ever seen. More »

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