Unlocking Lives

Postsecondary programs go behind prison walls to forge new futures

Focus magazine goes into the nation’s prisons to examine education programs beyond high school that serve the people who need those programs most.

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Talent Investments Pay Off

Latest Study of Employee Education Investment Results in Cost Savings for Discover Financial Services

 

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Strategic Plan for 2017-20 Released

Lumina's third strategic plan will guide the Foundation's work from 2017 to 2020

 

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America Needs Talent

Now available in paperback

In an updated and expanded second edition, Lumina President Jamie Merisotis explains how the educational and political developments of 2015–16 have only increased our need for talent, and how state initiatives and global competition can bring us closer to our goals.

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Latest Stories

Americans need meaningful jobs. Learning beyond high school is the pathway to getting one.

Feb 23, 2017

The election of Donald J. Trump in 2016 makes it impossible to continue to ignore America’s jobs problem. Trump’s economic rhetoric—couched in nationalism and a promise to return to the good old days—appealed to the increasing number of Americans who can’t find meaningful work, support their families, or ascend the economic ladder.

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The Case for Talent Investment

Feb 21, 2017

Tuition assistance programs should be thought of as a key strategy for talent development, but they're often underutilized. Lumina Strategy Director Haley Glover rebukes three common arguments against talent investment.

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Merisotis Gives Odds For Edtech Innovation Under Trump

Feb 20, 2017

Lumina president Jamie Merisotis sees the potential for trends that emerged during the Obama years to continue under President Trump, including competency-based learning, and the EQUIP program–a pilot project would allow students to qualify for federal financial aid at selected non-accredited schools.

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What You Can Do

Every American has a role in helping us reach Goal 2025, 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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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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