Wendy Sedlak

Strategy Director

Wendy oversees the strategic direction and implementation of Lumina's research and data portfolio. This includes establishing and synthesizing the evidence and data necessary to advise Lumina’s strategic direction, documenting effective practices to inform Lumina and the field, and measuring progress and success against key metrics

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How to ensure fairness in college admissions

Wendy Sedlak  | 
As my daughter begins her sophomore year of high school, we are starting to think more about college and the complex web of admission requirements. Though I work in higher education, I know very little about what it takes to get into highly selective schools. It’s a black box. But as we figure it
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Student supports only work if students know they exist

Wendy Sedlak  | 
Support services for college students are more than a nice benefit – they’re essential. Resources such as academic advising, financial aid services, and mental health counseling can mean the difference between stopping out and graduating.
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Proven strategies help some college students, but not all. We have to fix that.

Wendy Sedlak  | 
There’s good news and bad in a new report on college student success rates. While many U.S. colleges are improving graduation rates for full-time students, we continue to see achievement gaps for Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic students, students 25 and older, and part-time students.
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Reaching the ‘transfer gate’ spells college success

Wendy Sedlak  | 
Nearly two-thirds of Black students who attend college in California begin their postsecondary journey at a community college. But it’s clear they’re not getting the support they need—more than 60 percent leave school without a degree or certificate and without transferring to a university.
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“Invisible” catalysts get lasting results for adult students

Wendy Sedlak  | 
Catalysts for change often work quietly, but their results speak loud and clear. At education organizations, they’re the people who build strong relationships across stakeholders, support and empower others to design and drive the work, and embrace a “student first” orientation to center stude
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All learning counts: Creating new paths to college credit

Wendy Sedlak  | 
Today’s students learn skills at work, in life, and many other ways outside of colleges and universities. But too often, skills and knowledge learned outside of traditional classrooms aren’t counted towards a credential or degree or recognized in the job market.
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These four proven approaches help college students of color succeed

Wendy Sedlak  | 
Talent Hubs in Ohio, Missouri, and California are using fresh insights to address educational injustices and increase learning opportunities for all.
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Less talk, more action: ‘Talent Hubs’ offer equity solutions

Wendy Sedlak, Dakota Pawlicki  | 
Students across the U.S. are rightfully demanding that colleges and universities go beyond listening to seriously address decades of racial inequity. As one Missouri student leader put it: “(My school) is making some change, but I won’t really give them a win until I start to see institutional c
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These new information tools offer big help to college students and job-seekers

Wendy Sedlak  | 
New technology designed with a human touch is helping people make sense of their higher-ed and job-search choices. Amid college enrollment declines and increasing labor demands during the pandemic recovery, programs are popping up across the nation to help students, workers, and job-seekers navigate
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Alabama and Indiana are helping many more people get education for good jobs—Here’s how

Wendy Sedlak  | 
In a time when millions of people need new skills to fill open jobs across the country, we’re learning more about how educators, employers, and government agencies can work together to help them—and help solve the nation’s critical labor shortage.
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‘Credentials as you go’ can help college students – especially adults and people of color

Wendy Sedlak  | 
If we are to reach the goal of ensuring that 60 percent of Americans have college degrees or workforce-ready credentials by 2025, this much is clear: As a nation, we must focus on adult students, especially people of color.
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How to reach adult students? For starters, talk to them like adults

Wendy Sedlak  | 
How can colleges and universities reach and engage adult learners, who are quickly becoming a larger part of their student populations? The answer is: much differently than they did traditional students.
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Prior Learning Assessment: Give higher-ed credit where credit is due

Wendy Sedlak  | 
Giving college students credit for what they’ve learned in life and on the job – known as prior learning assessment – can save them up to $10,000 in tuition and a year of study, new data show. That helps students complete their degrees more quickly and at less cost, at a time when millions of
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Prior learning credits help students cross the finish line to earn degrees

Wendy Sedlak  | 
College students lucky enough to know about it are embracing the growing movement toward prior learning assessment, and many say credits earned in this way helped them complete a degree or program they otherwise would not have.
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Why adults quit college and how to bring them back

Wendy Sedlak  | 
From our freshman through senior years of college, my roommate worked tirelessly at Applebee’s Bar and Grill so she could afford to attend school. It’s not easy to balance work and school, but she figured it out.
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New report, old story: To succeed in college, money matters

Katherine Wheatle, Wendy Sedlak  | 
College students of limited means receive much less support from Pell Grants today than in the past and have a much lower chance of graduating within six years, a new report shows.
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Innovative community colleges focus on real student success

Wendy Sedlak  | 
The news sounded good at first: My 18-year-old niece is enrolling in the local technical college to become a phlebotomist, a person who draws blood from patients. But my enthusiasm turned to skepticism the more I investigated.