Jamie Merisotis

President and CEO

Jamie Merisotis, an internationally recognized leader in higher education, human work, philanthropy, and public policy, has been Lumina Foundation’s president and CEO since 2008.

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As students question the value of college, higher ed works to fix the ‘time trap’

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At a time when bachelor’s degrees are more valuable than ever, only about 62 percent of this year’s high school graduates are expected to enroll in college next fall.
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Our K-12 expectations are outdated—here’s a better way

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An educational view dating back more than a century is getting a fresh look, and that could be the key to rethinking how we approach education and training after high school.
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FAFSA: Fixing the critical link to college affordability and completion

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Higher education is in triage mode as it scrambles to lessen the negative impacts from this year’s delayed rollout of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Do college majors matter? Not as much as you think

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It might be the most common question college students get. “What’s your major?” While it may be a great conversation starter on campus, the question isn’t all that effective in predicting someone’s job choice.
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Thinking about college? Don’t let COVID fatigue hold you back

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Amid rising costs and questions about higher education, fewer young people are going to college, and that’s bad for all of us.
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When considering college, students and families should think more like investors

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Of all the discussions about the cost and price of college, the most important often happen far from the seats of power in Congress and university boardrooms.
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Admissions Beat podcast S5 Episode 6: Is College Worth It?

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Jamie Merisotis and Tony Carnevale share insights on American views on higher education, including: What is the enduring value of an undergraduate degree? What majors (if any) bring a career dividend despite the rising cost of obtaining it? And does “the duality of a good job and a good life” st
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Higher ed has its hot-button issues, but jobs remain a top priority for state policymakers

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As state legislatures across the country get deeper into the policymaking process this year, we’re getting a clearer idea of how they may act on the top issues facing college students and families.
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Even if your collar’s blue, a college degree can mean more green

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When we think of ways to make college more affordable and make degrees more valuable in the workplace, we don’t think about Chris Jones. I mention Jones, an Indiana electrician, but there are many like him: People with degrees in the humanities making a good living in fields far from the subjects
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Short-term credentials leading to pay increases fell, highlighting the need for programs to pay off.

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Thirty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, saw declines in the share of residents having industry certifications and college certificates with significant wage premiums. This unusual decline in short-term credentials, surfacing in Lumina Foundation’s update of A Stronger Nation toda
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Equity in higher education attainment—when good isn’t good enough

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New information about the immense value of college degrees will delight supporters of higher education. But what’s behind the numbers tells a tale of the unfinished business of college attainment.
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The news looks good for job-hunting grads this spring

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College students graduating this year have gotten mixed signals about the strength of the job market, but this much is clear: Just as for those final exams in the spring, preparation is everything when it comes to a solid career launch.
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The smart money is still on college, but hedge your bet by choosing wisely.

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The trouble with good advice is that it's often not good enough. That is the case with higher education. Yes, getting a college degree or other high-quality credential pays off very well—a college degree is worth $2.8 million in lifetime earnings, for example.
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AI systems need a conscience—and that’s us

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AI is today's version of the Prometheus story—or it could be without proper safeguards focused on individual rights and responsibilities.
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Beware these ‘truisms’ about higher education

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Despite the flame-throwing heat in today’s public discourse, it’s actually possible to find agreement—to weigh two conflicting ideas at once. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, that is the test of a first-rate intelligence.
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Higher education faces its biggest test yet—but is getting these answers right

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Higher education is getting at least three things right as colleges and universities pivot to confront some of the greatest challenges in the nation’s history.
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Hispanic students can shape our future—if we reshape college

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The road to higher educational attainment runs through every Hispanic household in America. With a population of 63.7 million, Hispanics are the country’s largest minority group, and today one in every five students in higher ed is Hispanic.
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We need a more agile higher ed system to meet the needs of today’s college students

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As we talk about the enormous value of education beyond high school to families and the nation, we need to be sure we’re listening, too—something we don’t always do so well.
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We need more local news for better education, government, and public health

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No one disputes the need for more—and better—news coverage that helps us make sense of an increasingly complex world. We need local angles on national news, better statehouse reporting, and more explainers and in-depth coverage of local communities.
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The value of college can’t be reduced to only dollars and cents

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These are odd days for American higher education. More and more Americans doubt the value of going beyond high school. From 2016 to 2022, the proportion of young Americans choosing to continue their education after graduating from high school dropped significantly—from 70 percent to 62 percent.