Focus, Winter 2019

Credentials that work

Today’s students use certificates, certifications to build bright futures


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Op-ed | Nov. 19

When it comes to higher ed, there's no debate about what today's students need

By Jamie Merisotis and Jesse O'Connell

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Talent, Innovation, and Equity

How Virginia joined the shortlist of TIE states leading the way in education and jobs progress


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PBS NewsHour's “Rethinking College”

Why colleges are reconsidering their reliance on standardized tests for admission


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Strada / Gallup Study of Student Veterans

‘Enlisting’ providers to create stronger paths for military education and career success


New report: Veterans Without Degrees

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College credit where credit is due – the move toward ‘recognition for prior learning’

Dec 11, 2019

With a little help, nearly 36 million Americans who spent some time at college but never finished could be encouraged to resume their studies and get their degrees.

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Chambers of Commerce: Unlikely, but effective champions of education success

Dec 03, 2019

When we talk about the roles that businesses and higher education institutions play in preparing people for the world of work, rarely do we discuss the influence that chambers of commerce can have in that vital, shared effort.

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Five keys to financially responsible prison higher education programs

Nov 26, 2019

For society, investing in college-in-prison is a fiscal no-brainer. The benefits of college for people who are incarcerated are the same as anybody else, of course: productive work, contributions to the economy, and contributions to community life.

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More About Lumina Foundation

Our Mission and How to Get Involved

What You Can Do

Every American has a role in helping us reach our nation's attainment goals, and we all benefit when we get there. Everyone–from employers to instructors to families–has clear steps to take. And no matter how small, each step toward the goal is essential. Find out how you can contribute to building a stronger nation through higher education.

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What Needs to be Redesigned

Lumina's priority is to fundamentally rethink how higher education is delivered, and what outcomes can be expected from postsecondary completion. Lumina Foundation is leading a national conversation about the disruptive innovations helping to design and build a 21st century system that meets the needs of all students.

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Facts & Figures

Read some key facts on how we can increase levels of educational attainment equitably, through the use of quality data to improve student performance, identify problems, measure progress toward the goal and inform policy and decision making at all levels.

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