Staying the Course on Equity and Excellence

We believe strongly that institutions have the right and the responsibility to ensure that racial minorities gain greater access to postsecondary learning, including the programs offered at our nation’s most selective and well-resourced institutions.

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Lumina's Stronger Nation report updated for 2017

America's credential attainment rate hits an all-time high of 45.8%

Explore an interactive report of America's attainment progress in all 50 states and 100 metro areas.  New format for 2017 allows easy sorting by region name, population, and attainment rate. Generate customized state comparison reports and study attainment gaps by race and ethnicity.

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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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Latest Stories

Lumina Announces Attainment Challenge Grant Recipients

Aug 14, 2017

As another school year begins, a baker’s dozen of states have signed on to an ambitious program seeking to sharply raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees and high-quality certifications.

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We All Must Do More

Aug 14, 2017

There are moments that call for moral clarity and public accountability—moments that require us to affirm our core values and commit to concrete action in the face of deep threats. In the wake of shameful acts of racist violence and terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, this is such a moment.

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Staying the Course to Meet Our Equity Imperative

Aug 07, 2017

Recent news that the U.S. Department of Justice might redirect resources to investigate the use of race in college admissions rightly prompted much-concerned commentary in policy and educational circles. It seems appropriate for the community to pause and reflect on the larger issues at stake in this important debate about equity and inclusion.

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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 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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