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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New Data Released on Student Attainment Rates by Race and Ethnicity

Apr 26, 2017

Supplement to National Student Clearinghouse's Signature 12 report provides six-year completion rates, including degree and certificate completion, disaggregated by race and ethnicity for students who began postsecondary education in fall 2010.

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A Statewide Approach to Service Year ─ the Virginia Model

Apr 18, 2017

The Service Year Alliance wants to create 1 million job placements in the public sector annually. One way to reach this goal is by taking a statewide approach. Lumina's Holly Zanville suggests Virginia's innovative approach to service year expansion could be replicated in any state to drastically increase participation among employers, communities, and students.

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Does Higher Education Really Increase Economic Mobility?

Apr 10, 2017

Lumina Fellow Dewayne Matthews points to a study that provides fresh evidence that higher education is, in fact, an engine of upward mobility. The study suggests that if more institutions improve their “Mobility Index” as certain exemplary mid-tier institutions have done, the American dream would become a reality for millions more people

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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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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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