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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 »

COVID-19 and Human Work

March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread, many Twitter users have embraced #WhenThisIsAllOver. One person optimistically wrote: “We'll hold hands more often, hug tighter, dance closer, love more. We’ll judge less and appreciate all the little things.” To that, I would add: “We’ll work, learn, and serve each other better, too.” That’s my narrative for what’s coming next with #HumanWork.

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A Message to Lumina’s Partners About COVID-19

March 16, 2020

A lot has changed rapidly since the emergence of COVID-19, including the declaration of state and national emergencies, international travel restrictions, the cancellation of events locally and nationally, and a sudden and widespread emphasis on working from home to slow the spread of this harmful new virus.

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When it comes to higher ed, there's no debate about what today's students need

Nov 19, 2019

Think of a presidential primary campaign like a boisterous family discussion around the holiday dinner table. Everyone has their own ideas, many disagree, and the arguments are loud, lively, and passionate.

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Lumina Stays Focused On Attainment: A Q&A With CEO Jamie Merisotis

Nov 04, 2019

Lumina Foundation is nearing the close of two decades of higher education policy work. From the outset its agenda has focused on increasing the percentage of American adults with high-quality degrees and other credentials to 60% by 2025 and advocating for higher education to become more equitable, accessible and accountable.

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The DACA case is about basic fairness — and the country's economic future

Oct 25, 2019

From front page headlines to the opinion section, few issues are more at the center of the national political dialogue than immigration. Just consider this letter to the editor published in a newspaper: "To open the immigration floodgates in American now would only weaken us by drastically altering our national, racial, and cultural composition…”

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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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