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Today’s business leaders say, “It’s what you know, not where you go” when making hiring decisions, new study shows

An overwhelming majority of business leaders say that even as demand for workers with degrees and other credentials is rising when it comes to making hiring decisions, a candidate’s knowledge and skills far outweigh where that candidate went to college or their major, according to new data released today. More »


What postsecondary certifications make real economic change and how can we quantify their impact? Solutions wanted.

Lumina Foundation issues a $10,000 Ideation Challenge soliciting novel concepts in quantifying the impact of certificates using non-traditional data sources. Join InnoCentive as a solver to submit a solution. More »

Video | full event

FAFSA Completion Pilot Project

More than 300 K-12 leaders from 31 states convened in Indianapolis this month to kick off the FAFSA Completion Pilot Project Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored the effort. It includes 87 school districts More »

Speech | Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Postsecondary Education: The Case for Systemic Change

Rigorous and relevant higher education is key to distinguishing Minnesota as the “skilled workforce state,” says Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation president and CEO. “The Minnesota Chamber’s overall effort is right on target”, he said, “Addressing the challenge of producing a better skilled workforce will require all of the key players to work more closely together than they ever have before.” Merisotis delivered the keynote speech at the Minnesota Chamber’s workforce summit, “How to Make Minnesota the Skilled Workforce State.” Read more »

Video | Aspen Ideas Festival

College matters: Merisotis emphasizes the importance of post high school credentials at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Andrea Mitchell from NBC News sat down at the Aspen Ideas Festival with Lumina President/CEO Jamie Merisotis and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron to explore college-going options for today’s students. Watch the full session | 66 minutes »



Philanthropy and the middle class

Equity of educational opportunity is a shared value, and philanthropy has a responsibility to increase post-high school attainment not just for individuals but also for the nation’s collective well being, said Lumina President/CEO Jamie Merisotis during a discussion on the role of philanthropy on middle-class life at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Council on Foundations. More »

Speech | Jamie Merisotis

Merisotis Addresses Goal 2025 at City Club of Cleveland

Lumina President Jamie Merisotis presents the benefits of organizing state support around Goal 2025 to the City Club of Cleveland. More »

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