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Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy.  Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.  He previously served as co-founder and president...Read bio »

An iconic travel company sinks – and there’s a lesson here for higher ed

Sep 26, 2019

Ever since I returned from a six-month sabbatical in London this year, I’m naturally more inclined to follow news developments in the UK. Interestingly, what caught my eye this week wasn’t just Brexit or the Supreme Court’s ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue (discontinue) Parliament was illegal. That’s a big story, to be sure, with implications for the future of democracy in the UK, and perhaps other parts of the world.

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Focus magazine: Rural college students are a vast and vital national resource

Sep 23, 2019

We’ve all heard the phrase “flyover country,” the dismissive term often used by coastal elites to describe the vast middle parts of the nation that they tend — or choose — to ignore. Those two words encapsulate a troubling view — the idea that the nation’s less populated areas are somehow less important or less valuable, that the people there can rightly be overlooked.

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2019 Champion of College Access and Success award acceptance speech

Sep 16, 2019

I can’t tell you how honored I am to be with all of you … and to receive this recognition. It’s especially meaningful because of what you just heard—that my life’s work has been aimed intentionally at what each of you in this room does every day.

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States can foster job growth by making it easier for people to learn throughout their lives

July 26, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY — The worlds of work and learning are merging in powerful ways, driven by the exponential growth in human knowledge. This means the abilities needed in the workplace go beyond simple “job skills” that can be learned quickly through a short-term training program.

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Earn degrees by showing what you’ve learned? What a concept!

July 24, 2019

When we say: “It’s about the learning,” we’re stating that educational quality shouldn’t be measured by a list of courses taken or grades earned or even the time students spend in classrooms. Rather, quality should be measured by what students actually learn — by the specific knowledge and skills they gain through their programs.

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Today’s students are different … so why isn’t financial aid?

May 16, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, when you hear the term “college student,” a picture comes to mind: A young person — late teens or early 20s — walking across a leaf-strewn quad with a backpack slung across one shoulder. It’s an evocative image — iconic, even.

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Education entrepreneurs are redrawing the learning curve

April 03, 2019

There are at least two ways to look at everything, including innovation. One way — let’s call it the radical approach — was aptly expressed by Charles F. Kettering who said this: “If you’ve always done it that way, it’s probably wrong.”

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America has fallen behind in the global education race

Feb 18, 2019

We’re getting better but we’re still a long way from great when it comes to post-high school learning in the United States.

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Everyone has an opinion about the value of college. Tony Carnevale has the facts.

Dec 03, 2018

For a decade now, a small squadron of researchers at Carnevale’s Center on Education and the Workforce has explored the relationship between what students are learning and what skills employers need.

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