A Stronger Nation
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To guide Lumina’s work, the Strategic Impact and Planning team reviews, collects, and analyzes data about every area of the country’s learning systems to ensure that student learning outcomes definitively lead to further education and employment.
By finding evidence of how well—and where—Americans learn and develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities, this team sets the foundation’s research agenda and guides its strategic direction. The team’s work also is focused on understanding the credential marketplace and the various pathways available to learners.
Lumina’s efforts can’t succeed without the sustained efforts of dedicated partners. That’s why we share our findings to forge productive partnerships across the country. Our intent is to create holistic systems that capture useful information about the student journey from high school into the labor market. We also want to build capacity to forecast the needs of national, state, and local economies.
By making education and labor market data open and accessible and putting this information in the hands of people who can bring about change, Lumina and its partners can foster new thinking, approaches, ideas, and solutions. At Lumina, our objectives include:
Measuring progress toward the national goal of 60 percent of working-age adults with college degrees and certificates, certifications, and other quality credentials by 2025.
Learning more about academic and training pathways for adults, business involvement in boosting attainment, college affordability, competency-based learning, labor market outcomes, and credentials such as certificates, and industry and professional certifications.
Analyzing data and conducting research to establish what we know about helping more students earn credentials, especially people who are Black, Hispanic, and Native American and act on the findings.
Identifying missing data to fund new research areas that can inform decision making related to state and federal policies and provider practices.
Ensuring Lumina’s grantmaking, strategic communications, meetings and events, impact investing, and policy outreach are aligned and effective.
Lumina could not work effectively without tracking metrics and indicators. This keeps us and our partners focused on what’s important. Here are some data resources we rely on: