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Dewayne Matthews

Dewayne Matthews served as Lumina's vice president of strategy development until 2016. Matthews has served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including senior adviser to the president and vice president of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), director of programs and services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education...Read bio »

In Gig Economy, It Takes More Than Grit to Get Ahead

Sep 07, 2017

For several years, I’ve been telling a story about how it used to be that someone could start working for a power company as a meter reader and eventually work their way up to CEO. Being a meter reader is a lousy job—out in the weather with dogs biting your ankles—but if you stuck it out, you might get picked for a company training program…

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The New Postsecondary Movement

June 21, 2017

Lumina Fellow Dewayne Matthews compares the national movement to make education beyond high school the norm to an earlier movement that–by the 1940s–made high school completion an expectation for all Americans.

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Success is not a Zero-Sum Game

May 09, 2017

Success is not in limited supply nor is it available only to those who attend elite institutions. Lumina Fellow Dewayne Matthews comments on the latest evidence showing that the most selective universities are failing to enroll thousands of highly qualified low-income students.

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Does Higher Education Really Increase Economic Mobility?

April 10, 2017

Lumina Fellow Dewayne Matthews points to a study that provides fresh evidence that higher education is, in fact, an engine of upward mobility. The study suggests that if more institutions improve their “Mobility Index” as certain exemplary mid-tier institutions have done, the American dream would become a reality for millions more people

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Universal Postsecondary Education

Oct 21, 2016

Lumina Vice President Dewayne Matthews discusses how America should adopt universal postsecondary education to assure opportunity for millions left out or left behind in today’s economy.

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Behind the Target: Understanding 60 Percent

Nov 19, 2013

The Evolllution's interview with Dewayne Matthews, vice-president for policy and strategy at Lumina Foundation.

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Attainment and Skills – New Evidence from OECD

Oct 08, 2013

Today, OECD released their Survey of Adult Skills (also called PIACC or Pisa for adults). There is a lot of data – 466 pages worth – but I’ve already come across some interesting and relevant findings.

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Open Courseware and Credentials: Is the Breakout Happening?

July 05, 2012

Suddenly, a lot of people are taking very seriously the notion that quality higher education can be free. Through the open courseware movement and the publicity attached to Stanford and MIT’s free courses, college courses are starting to be seen as just another form of content. One might...

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The Side Show at UVa

June 22, 2012

I must admit I’ve considered the events at UVa to be a side show—one of those fascinating, high-profile diversions that come along in higher education from time to time. As one who accepts the growing irrelevance of the Research I universities to the key issues facing the nation (now THAT would be a good topic for a future blog post), I am alternately amused and irritated by the undue attention that the periodic soap operas of presidential firings attracts.

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