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Lumina Foundation Announces $63 Million in 2013 Grants

INDIANAPOLIS—Lumina Foundation awarded 96 grants in 2013, totaling nearly $63 million. Lumina’s 2013 grant making reflects the Foundation’s commitment to design and build an equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable 21st century higher education system while creating a national sense of urgency to achieve Goal 2025.

Strategy 1: Build a Goal 2025 Social Movement (1 Grant)

America's Promise Alliance—The Alliance for Youth (Washington DC) $300,000 to develop a narrative around mobilizing the nation toward Goal 2025 that will be shared with America’s Promise networks.

Strategy  2: Employer & Metro/Regional Mobilization (16 Grants)

National League of Cities Institute (Washington DC) $650,000 to expand the Postsecondary City Action Network, a coalition of mayors policy advisors working on postsecondary issues, provide direct technical assistance to Lumina Partner cities, and to support NLC’s engagement as a strategic partner to Lumina’s community  mobilization effort.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (Chicago, IL) $600,000 to provide technical assistance to communities under the Lumina Community Partnership for Attainment.

FSG, Inc. (Boston, MA) $300,000 to launch and develop the Collective Impact Forum, a resource center and network for funders and practitioners who are using Collective Impact approaches, which involve bringing disparate groups together to impact social change.

The Aspen Institute (Washington DC) $850,000 to support the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund program, which supports community efforts to impact the educational experiences and outcomes for 16-24 year olds who are not connected to work or school.    

Institute for Higher Education Policy (Washington DC) $1,499,800 to distribute findings and resources to metro partners and cities and conduct community learning labs for the stakeholders engaged in college completion work.

National College Access Network (Washington DC) $699,500 to provide assistance to Lumina Partner cities and to mobilize existing local college access organizations in support of attainment.

Columbus Learning Center Management Corporation (Columbus, IN) $180,000 to provide technical assistance on coalition building and collaboration to state and local college access and success networks.

The Brookings Institution (Washington DC) $750,000 to provide individualized workforce and labor market data analysis for Lumina Partner cities, and to support enhanced messaging about the value of postsecondary attainment.

Excelencia in Education, Inc. (Washington DC) $255,000 to strengthen the communications capacity and effectiveness of communities engaged in Lumina’s Latino Student Success initiative and to execute strategies that advance national messages about the impact of Latino Student Success work.

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation (Bethesda, MA) $50,000 in planning support to test alignment of the Harwood Institute approach with other national partners working with Lumina Partner communities.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc (New York, NY) $8,000,000 to administer and manage financial support for 75 Lumina Partner communities, through 2016.

Committee for Economic Development (Washington DC) $350,000 to identify effective practices and policy environments that support employer investment in postsecondary training and education for working adults.  

UNITE-LA, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) $750,000 to support the research, preparation and vetting of a comprehensive set of employer policies and practices to increase higher education attainment.

Community Growth Educational Foundation (Alexandria, VA) $2,265,900 to mobilize chambers of commerce and their executives to undertake community organizing, leadership and practice to increase higher education attainment, to create national strategies for regional chamber engagement and business mobilization in support of Goal 2025, and to enhance business practices that increase higher education alignment with local economies and higher education attainment.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation (Cincinnati, OH) $1,800,000 to build higher education attainment into the StriveTogether cradle-to-career framework, and support technical assistance for Lumina Partner communities.

Say Yes to Education (New York, NY) $750,000 to support expansion of the Say Yes model into additional cities. Say Yes is a national non-profit committed to increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation's inner-city youth.

Strategy 3: Mobilize Higher Ed to Increase Student Success (11 Grants)

Council of Independent Colleges (Washington DC) $125,000 to create a steering committee of independent college and university leaders and convene regional meetings to discuss student degree attainment efforts in the context of liberal arts colleges.

American Association of Community Colleges (Washington DC) $250,000 to design, pilot and implement a series of campus-based executive team workshops for American Association of Community Colleges members concerning student attainment.

American Council on Education (Washington DC) $400,000 to plan, organize and execute a series of Innovation Labs on student attainment for higher education leadership teams from open access institutions that serve significant numbers of low-income students.

Arizona State University Foundation (Tempe, AZ) $220,000 to help establish an alliance of university leaders who seek to focus their operations and culture on student attainment and hold each other accountable for that outcome. This planning grant will focus on organizational set-up and creating common data infrastructure/metrics for outcomes.

EDUCAUSE (Washington DC) $500,000 to engage EDUCAUSE with three enterprise and administrative pursuits concerning the use of IT in higher education institutions: 1) IT assessment report service, 2) maturity and deployment indices, and 3) executive research briefs.

The Aspen Institute (Washington DC) $150,000 to support the design and build of new leadership curricula for community college presidents.

The Aspen Institute (Washington DC) $500,000 to support a third, two-year cycle of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. (Silver Spring, MD) $3,000,000 to support the expansion of the Working Families Success Network approach to offering comprehensive on-campus financial supports to low-income community college students.

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA) $117,000 to support a pilot study of two campuses to consider how the liberal arts ethos can support student completion.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. (New York, NY) $250,000 to prepare state teams for the surge in developmental education students in 2014—2015 and facilitate concrete work plans and strategies so states can respond proactively.

The Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) $96,900 to support a year-long planning effort to establish the processes and protocols for engaging the leadership at public, minority-serving institutions (MSIs) for a sustained, integrated focus on improving student degree completion rates.

Strategy 4: Advance State Policy for Increased Attainment (4 Grants)

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (New York, NY) $500,000 to support grant making and technical assistance for the Common Core Assessment Project.

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (Washington DC) $650,000 to support the 2013—2014 NGA Chair’s Initiative to more closely align the needs of higher education institutions and workforce training providers.

State Higher Education Executive Officers (Boulder, CO) $1,000,000 to provide direct support to state policy makers to advance public policy ideas that increase higher education attainment.

Campaign for College Opportunity (Los Angeles, CA) $400,000 to increase attainment in California’s community colleges and public universities by increasing student transfers and graduation among campuses.

Strategy 5: Advance Federal Policy for Increased Attainment (6 Grants)

New America Foundation (Washington DC) $40,000 to further the conversation on higher education quality, and the federal role in it, through strategic communications, media engagement, blog posts and policy briefs.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (Washington DC) $90,500 to further discussions about the federal role in defining, evaluating and assessing quality in higher education.

Center for Law and Social Policy (Washington DC) $278,000 to explore the policy implications of inconsistent terminology, data and metrics used by higher education and workforce programs.

National Public Education Support Fund (Washington DC) $75,000 to support the operation of the Education Funder Strategy Group, a membership forum of 30 leading foundations focused on education policy, and the Common Core Funders Working Group.

Student Veterans of America (Washington DC) $350,000 to support the creation of the Million Records Project, an effort to better understand veteran students, including how they achieve in and after college, what programs and services best guide them to success, and what policies help them reach their potential.

New America Foundation (Washington DC) $342,900 to support the Postsecondary National Policy Institute, a nonpartisan effort to educate congressional staff members about higher education issues.

Strategy 6: Design New Models of Student Financial Support (17 Grants)

Institute for Higher Education Policy (Washington DC) $189,000 to examine the ways in which private colleges may be able to lower their “sticker price” without negatively impacting access or quality.

Behavioral Ideas Lab, Inc (New York, NY) $384,400 to explore and create a series of pilots using financial aid to encourage success-oriented behaviors among students.

MDRC (New York, NY) $92,500 to develop a quantitative definition of college affordability.

Community Initiatives (Oakland, CA) $100,000 to develop a research-based tool for individualized analysis of college affordability and value, including implications of this tool on federal, state, and institutional policy.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (Washington DC) $100,000 to explore key aspects of college affordability for low-income students that includes an analysis of gender.

W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI) $47,000 to demonstrate how providing detailed information on net costs, debt repayment and earnings outcomes can improve students' understanding of college affordability.

The George Washington University (Washington DC) $96,300 to develop a quantitative definition of college affordability.

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI) $96,000 to develop policy ideas regarding a fair and effective income-based/income contingent loan repayment system in the United States that considers international comparisons.

The George Washington University (Washington DC) $94,000 to develop policy ideas regarding a fair and effective income-based/income contingent loan repayment system in the United States that considers international comparisons.

The Brookings Institution (Washington DC) $100,000 to develop a quantitative definition that generates policy ideas regarding a fair and effective income-based/income contingent loan repayment system in the United States that considers international comparisons.

The Institute of College Access and Success (Oakland, CA) $70,000 to explore the ways in which the design of income-based and passive repayment systems could affect college affordability, access and completion for low-income students.

The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) $87,500 to analyze the role of state and institutional leaders in improving affordability and financial aid programs and policies.

State Higher Education Executive Officers (Boulder, CO) $100,000 to explore with states and institutions ways to create policies for affordability and success in higher education.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Nashville, TN) $30,000 to conduct a student-level financial aid analysis to identify affordability gaps that will inform potential reforms to federal, state and institutional grant programs.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (Boulder, CO) $80,000 to offer policy ideas for state financial aid systems that support student access, success, and affordability.

The Brookings Institution (Washington DC) $200,000 to conduct a pilot to analyze whether sharing information on the increased costs of extended time to degree has any impact on student persistence and completion.

New America Foundation (Washington DC) $400,400 to combine a national survey with rigorously constructed focus groups to conduct an analysis of how students choose to attend and pay for college.

Strategy 7: Design New Higher Ed Business and Financial Models (9 Grants)

B Lab Company (Wayne, PA) $1,800,000 to encourage creation of high, voluntary standards that enable the certification of public benefit corporations in higher education, increasing both private investment and the capacity of for-profit organizations to serve more students in socially responsible ways.

HCM Strategies (Washington DC) $1,325,000 to work with state policymakers and higher education leaders to explore new business and finance models capable of expanding capacity to affordably serve students, especially those who are underserved.

The Miller Center Foundation (Charlottesville, VA) $400,000 to form a bipartisan commission that identifies practical state policy options that provide long-term, sustainable financing, enabling states to provide more students from all backgrounds with postsecondary education.

The Tides Center (San Francisco, CA) $1,450,000 to support HCM-led efforts by states and higher education systems to design and test new business and finance models, through provision of evidence briefs, technical assistance, meetings and other means.    

Teachers College of Columbia University (New York, NY) $98,500 to support deeper qualitative study of the ways in which colleges and universities in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee respond to the reliance on outcomes-based funding.

Ithaka Harbors, Inc. (New York, NY) $195,000 to explore potential responses to emerging business model challenges arising from substantial reductions in public subsidies to public flagship universities and to changing student course-taking patterns that threaten to disrupt cross-subsidization by substituting Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual-enrollment coursework at the high school level for lower-division college courses.

The Public Agenda Foundation (New York, NY) $1,686,200 to manage a coordinated national effort by colleges and universities through the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) to design and test higher education business models capable of scaling or spreading delivery of competency-based education.

Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH) $1,851,000 to support quarterly convenings of colleges and universities in the Competency-Based Education Network and sharing of lessons with the broader field through an online site about ways to create new higher education business models capable of scaling or spreading delivery of competency-based education.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (Boulder, CO) $2,279,400 to implement a voluntary, multistate agreement that expands both consumer protection and access to online degree programs through simpler, more uniform interstate regulation.

Strategy 8: Design New Systems of Quality Credentials (19 Grants)

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL) $400,000 to expand the impact of the current Community College Transformative Change Initiative (TCI), which brings the best talent and latest research together to scale deep, sustainable change in community colleges.

ACT Foundation (Iowa City, IA) $225,000 to create a National Network of Business and Industry Associations to link and leverage the work of organizations that share a common challenge ─ finding skilled talent to fill open jobs.

Achieve, Inc. (Washington DC) $250,000 to support K-12/higher education alignment of high quality academic standards and conceptions of college and work readiness.

The University of Tennessee System (Knoxville, TN) $392,800 to increase degree attainment in Tennessee through the awarding of reverse-transfer associate degrees.

The University System of Georgia Foundation (Atlanta, GA) $399,800 to increase degree attainment in Georgia through the awarding of reverse-transfer associate degrees.

Complete College America (Indianapolis, IN) $2,800,000 to mobilize postsecondary institutions in Georgia, Indiana, and Tennessee to adopt the guided pathways model to increase student credential completion.

National Communication Association (Washington DC) $588,600 to bridge the Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning process in the discipline of communications to further a learning outcomes-based curriculum in higher education.

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (Ann Arbor, MI) $750,000 to conduct research on certificates issued by higher education and industry and develop a draft credentials framework as a foundation to launch an open national dialogue.

Midwestern Higher Education Compact (Minneapolis, MN) $75,000 to convene new and existing partners to integrate the Degree Qualifications Profile into Tuning work.

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change (Encinitas, CA) $1,000,000 to support the work of “Tuning USA” and integrate Tuning work with the Degree Qualifications Profile.

National Skills Coalition (Washington DC) $750,000 to develop federal and state policy ideas and programs that support comprehensive, aligned and market-relevant higher education and workforce data systems.

American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences (Washington DC) $677,400 to research and disseminate the annual earnings of graduates across all programs of study in five states.

Lone Star College System (The Woodlands, TX) $300,000 to increase degree attainment in Texas through the awarding of reverse-transfer associate degrees.

New Venture Fund (Washington DC) $250,000 to support the Common Core Communications Collaborative, which is supporting efforts nationally and across states to support the implementation of the Common Core Standards and assessments.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (Chicago, IL) $1,097,000 to test the feasibility of a statewide approach to prior learning assessment in Montana, Ohio and Texas as a pathway to increasing attainment of high-quality credentials.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (Chicago, IL) $1,085,100 to educate higher education faculty and staff on competency-based educational practices with a focus on assessment and competency-based transcripting of student learning outcomes.

The George Washington University (Washington DC) $369,000 to explore how an American National Standards Institute “standards panel” could coordinate the development of employer standards and assessment systems to inform new credentialing models in the U.S.

University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI) $1,200,000 to test the feasibility of a public university’s competency-based credentialing model that would expand capacity through innovative, learning-based pathways to credentials.

Ivy Tech Foundation (Indianapolis, IN) $2,223,400 to implement a statewide accelerated associate degree model in Indiana.

Other (13 Grants)
The Trustees of Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) $2,000,000 to create a Gallup-Purdue Index which will provide a national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to measure workplace success and life well-being based upon the outcomes of 30,000 college graduates.

The Mind Trust (Indianapolis, IN) $100,000 to continue the partnership with the United Negro College Fund to convene a series of conversations with key stakeholders to discuss ways to increase educational attainment in the African-American community in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Private Industry Council (Indianapolis, IN) $300,000 to support the implementation phase of Hire Up Indy, a program that will help to increase the number of people prepared to enter technical careers in Central Indiana.

Firelight Media (New York, NY) $300,000 to support a feature-length film and digital interactive project on Historically Black Colleges and Universities produced for PBS.

Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation (Carmel, IN) $75,000 to support the Mitch Daniels Arc of Leadership Prize.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (Education News Network) (Denver, CO) $115,000 to launch Chalkbeat Indiana, an online education news service in Indianapolis.

WNET (New York, NY) $50,000 to support the Career Readiness and College Completion track during WNET’s American Graduate Day event.

Teachers College of Columbia University (New York, NY) $750,000 to allow The Hechinger Report to produce in-depth national coverage of higher education issues and place coverage with print, online and broadcast media organizations.

Forum for the Future of Higher Education (Cambridge, MA) $300,000 to generate research for Aspen Institute symposia that helps to inform news coverage of higher education.

Editorial Projects in Education (Bethesda, MD) $350,000 to support coverage in Education Week of issues that connect higher education and K-12 for audiences critical to increasing postsecondary education attainment.

Education Writers Association (Washington DC) $550,000 to support high-quality journalism training on higher education topics.

The Texas Tribune (Austin, TX) $115,000 to address Texas higher education issues through enterprise reporting, interactive databases and public programming, including a higher education track at the annual Texas Tribune Festival.

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.  (Arlington, VA) $375,000 to support PBS NewsHour’s production of news series that raise awareness among influential broadcast, online and social media audiences about underreported challenge to raising postsecondary education attainment in the United States.


About Lumina Foundation:  
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025.

Media contact:

Lucia Anderson Weathers
Lumina Foundation
317.951.5316
landerson@luminafoundation.org