Advance State Policy to Increase Attainment
To significantly increase higher education attainment in the U.S. requires policy action across state systems, higher education systems and institutions. The majority of the nation’s students obtain degrees and credentials through state-supported public higher education systems. Public policy shapes academic delivery, content, cost and structure of public higher education—all requiring dramatic change to effectively serve students regardless of age, income, location, level of academic preparation, and goals for continued learning.
To reach the 60% attainment goal, states must build student-centered, outcomes-based postsecondary education systems with the capacity to reach much higher levels of attainment. States can build these systems, but only by explicitly defining goals and priorities; assuring that public resources are aligned to those goals; providing students with clear pathways and institutions with incentives to increase completion; measuring and reporting progress; and ensuring that strong, accountable, and consistent leadership is in place to drive a challenging reform agenda.
Strategy Labs is a one-stop shop for states to get nonpartisan information, research and analysis.
The State Policy Agenda is Lumina’s response to states who were asking how to increase attainment at the state level. The agenda is intended as a guide, not a checklist, to help states increase higher education attainment. It consists of 20 evidenced-based policies and practices in three core elements:
- Improve the quality of student outcomes in terms of completion, learning and employment
- Align investments with state priorities and student needs
- Create smarter pathways for students
StrategyLabs.LuminaFoundation.org is Lumina’s web resource organized around the 20 policies in the State Policy Agenda with a rationale, state examples and resources for each policy, as well as state-specific pages.