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Does Higher Education Really Increase Economic Mobility?

Apr 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?

Jul 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

Jun 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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The Use of Goals to Focus Action: Lessons from the UN

May 25, 2012

The blog of the World Economic Forum has a fascinating post by John McArthur about the use of goals to drive global efforts to reduce extreme poverty. The UN set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to focus global anti-poverty efforts, and they are now working on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build on their success. And by all accounts the goals HAVE been successful—rates of extreme poverty (income of less than $1.25 per day) have fallen across the globe since 2005 and there is genuine optimism they could fall to zero by 2030.

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Chamber hosts State of Education, pushes for increased education funding

May 14, 2012

The Tulsa Metro Chamber wants higher attainment rates for Oklahoma to become a key strategy in weathering future economic storms. Lumina’s Dewayne Matthews delivered the keynote address at the chamber’s State of Education luncheon presenting research on the growing demand for skilled workers with high-quality degrees and credentials.

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Is Reputation the Only Way to Assure Quality?

May 02, 2012

Udacity is the new startup co-founded by Sebastian Thrun, who taught the famous free Stanford course on artificial intelligence that enrolled 160,000 students, and David Stavens. Udacity plans to develop and offer free online courses, and has launched with $5 million in venture capital.

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