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

Latest Stories

The future of work is already here. Presidential candidates, policymakers and employers need to get onboard

Jan 16, 2020

Job creation and income equality formed a cornerstone of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and writing. As we look to the future of work, we must promote opportunities for everyone, emphasizing racial justice and equity. Research shows that Black Americans may be hit especially hard by automation and other changes in the workforce. In this article, we look at some of the steps that policymakers, employers, and workers need to consider in adapting to this fast-changing environment.

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Why adults quit college and how to bring them back

Dec 17, 2019

From our freshman through senior years of college, my roommate worked tirelessly at Applebee’s Bar and Grill so she could afford to attend school. It’s not easy to balance work and school, but she figured it out.

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New Report: American Adults Cite Work-Related Issues 
as Top Reason for Stopping Out of College

Dec 17, 2019

A new report released today by Lumina Foundation, Strada Education Network ,and Gallup finds that American adults without college degrees were most likely to withdraw from school because of their challenges in balancing the demands of school, employment and other responsibilities.

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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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