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Four Steps to Finishing First in Higher Education: A Guide for State Policymakers

More students are enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities, yet the proportion of students earning a postsecondary degree or credential continues to decline. This publication focuses on four areas where states can drive a more productive higher education system to More »

Merisotis blog in Huffington Post

The numbers prove that higher education opens up the highest-paying jobs

New Georgetown University research shows that going to college and earning at least a two-year degree generates a sizable economic return. Read Lumina President Jamie Merisotis’ blog in the Huffington Post »


Lumina rings the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

In honor of the Goal 2025 movement and its importance to America’s future economic prosperity, Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president and CEO, rang the NASDAQ closing bell. Lumina is part of the national Goal 2025 movement that aims to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Watch webcast of the event »

The college payoff

New data shows pay differences are due mostly to education

The income gap between those with a college education, and those without is widening. Lumina President Jamie Merisotis previewed research from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce that directly ties lifetime earnings to education level. Watch »

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 »

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