Focus magazine archive

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Tomorrow's transcript (Fall 2015)

Effort to reform student records puts learning at the core
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Stymied students (Spring 2015)

Despite best efforts, too many are being lost in higher ed's shuffle
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College-bound communities (Summer 2014)

The smartest cities make student success a shared mission
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Two-way street (Spring 2014)

When college mentors help students achieve, success is shared
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Fast and focused (Fall 2013)

Accelerated degree programs keep students locked in on learning
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Friendly Forces (Spring 2013)

Returning veterans need staunch allies on college campuses
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Working credentials (Fall 2012)

Sub-baccalaureate degrees, certificates are paying off for students and employers
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College, rewired (Summer 2012)

Innovative approaches help higher education connect to productivity
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A new lens for learning (Winter 2012)

DQP’ has promise as a tool to ensure degrees’ quality
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Flexing the faculty (Summer 2011)

When these few educate 50,000, productivity rules
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Un nuevo día (Spring 2011)

As Latino population grows, so must college attainment.
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Discerning learning (Winter 2011)

Colleges find new ways to show what students know.
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Issues published prior to 2011 are available in PDF format only

The cost quandary (Fall 2010)

Hard times intensify the nation’s urgent need for college graduates.

The productivity push (Summer 2010)

Columns of data provide support for student achievement.

Off the charts (Spring 2010)

Columns of data provide support for student achievement.

No more kid stuff (Fall 2009)

Colleges and universities take a mature approach to serving adult students.

Remediation redux (Fall 2008)

Innovative colleges and universities are working hard to expand and enhance developmental education—an indispensable tool in the vital national effort to boost student success.

Pillars of progress (Spring 2008)

Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) often go above and beyond the call of duty to encourage engagement and provide support to traditionally underrepresented students. This issue of Lumina Foundation Focus magazine, titled “Pillars of progress,” examines MSIs and their efforts to maximize student success.

Campus connections (Fall 2007)

‘Near-peer’ mentoring and other innovative efforts help widen the college track. In this issue, you’ll read about programs increasing college access and success in Maine, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington state and at the national level.

A changing picture (Winter 2007)

College costs are rising and rates of degree attainment are falling. Learn about four innovative programs to help more students succeed.

Front-porch pathfinders (Fall 2006)

Take a closer look at the heroes of college access: the counselors, mentors and advocates who work one-on-one with today’s young people to help them become tomorrow’s college students and future graduates.

Barrier busters (Winter 2006)

Community colleges serve 47 percent of the nation’s African-American undergraduates, 56 percent of Latinos and 57 percent of Native Americans. Learn how two-year institutions help millions of students overcome challenges in the pursuit of postsecondary opportunity.

Dreams detoured (Fall 2005)

The rising cost of college is a problem, not just for students and families, but also for officials and policy-makers. This issue tackles the college cost issue head on, exploring the problem from the varied perspectives of students, administrators and policy-makers.

Lifelong lessons (Winter 2005)

Nontraditional students are becoming the norm in postsecondary institutions around the country as adults seek postsecondary education in growing numbers. Adult programs are now found in diverse types of institutions that are responding to the varied needs of adult students.