PBS NewsHour's “Rethinking College”

Can ‘cultural proficiency’ among teachers help close the student achievement gap?


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Detroit Talent Hub

Expanded debt forgiveness program announced

The Detroit Regional Chamber targets 693,000 adults with college experience who have not yet earned degrees.

Forgiving small student debts News release

Roadtrip Nation


Work is evolving. So can you.

Documentary begins airing Aug. 15 on PBS stations.


LIFTed 2019 Conference

Education Innovation Prize Challenge

Lumina event brought together entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders to drive innovation in education


Winners announced Demo Day recap

Focus, Summer 2019


Dedicated disrupters find innovative ways to offer college-level learning


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College classes in prisons help everybody, and now more programs are proving it

July 22, 2019

In the last 40 years, the number of people in prison or jail in the United States has increased 10 times faster than the country’s population and now stands at more than 2 million. But after years of growth, the rate of incarceration has finally fallen, and we’ll see even more progress if we get behind one of today’s most positive trends.

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Lumina grants bring new urgency to boosting success among students of color

July 22, 2019

Lumina Foundation has selected seven states to receive short-term grants of up to $50,000 to advance equity-minded leadership aimed at increasing post-high school learning among students of color.

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Do income-share agreements actually work to hold down college costs? We’re finding out.

July 17, 2019

This summer marks the third anniversary of year-round Pell grants, where students can receive extra Pell funding to enroll in summer classes and complete their programs faster. Summer Pell is a critical resource, but it doesn’t begin to solve all of the affordability issues facing today’s students.

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