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Lumina Foundation Announces Third-Quarter Grants for 2012

Indianapolis—Lumina Foundation awarded 15 grants totaling nearly $5.3 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Lumina’s grant making reflects the Foundation’s commitment to three primary areas:

Preparation—Students are prepared academically, financially and socially for success in education beyond high school;

Success—Higher education completion rates are improved significantly; and,

Productivity—Higher education productivity is increased to expand capacity and serve more students.

“These grants reflect Lumina’s priority to redesign our higher education system to better meet the needs of today’s students and positions the nation for success in our 21st century global society,” said Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation President and CEO.

Preparation (2 Grants)

Council for Opportunity in Education (Washington DC) $20,000 to support a publication commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Pell Grant Program.

Council of Chief State School Officers (Washington DC) $150,000 to support the participation of a larger delegation of higher education representatives to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Success (9 Grants)

Missouri Department of Higher Education (Jefferson, MO) $500,000 to scale up approaches for awarding associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges to universities through reverse transfer as a key strategy in Missouri’s degree attainment goal.

The Research Foundation of State University of New York (Albany, NY) $500.000 to scale up approaches to awarding associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges to universities through reverse transfer as a key strategy in SUNY’s degree attainment goal.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (St. Paul, MN) $500,000 to scale up approaches to awarding associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges to universities through reverse-transfer degrees as a key strategy in Minnesota’s degree attainment goal.

Colorado Department of Higher Education (Denver, CO) $450,000 to scale up approaches to awarding associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges to universities through reverse transfer as a key strategy in Colorado’s degree attainment goal.

Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (Salem, OR) $450,000 to scale up approaches to awarding associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges to universities through reverse transfer as a key strategy in Oregon’s degree attainment goal.

The Research Foundation of State University of New York (Sarasota Springs, NY) $498,000 to develop and pilot a pathway to degree completion for students with learning acquired outside the formal higher education system, through Open Educational Resources.

National League of Cities Institute (Washington DC) $500,000 to help cities achieve improved postsecondary completion results by fostering a network facilitated by mayoral leadership to mobilize and challenge education leaders to improve their systems and collaborate with them on community-wide efforts to reach degree completion goals.

Communities Foundation of Texas (Dallas, TX) $150,000 to support a community-based planning process that will develop strategies to increase the postsecondary readiness, access and success of all students in the Rio Grande Valley region.

New England Board of Higher Education (Boston, MA) $356,200 to support a developmental education demonstration project that provides a high-quality, low-cost instructional platform coupling Khan Academy and community college resources.

Productivity (3 Grants)

New America Foundation (Washington DC) $500,000 to study and promote the strategies and policies adopted by 21st century American universities to produce high quality degrees at lower cost that graduate more students from diverse backgrounds.

Institute for Higher Education Policy (Washington DC) $99,900 to develop a suite of resources to support local college completion campaigns.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges / Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (Novato, CA) $450,000 to explore use of the Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning at community colleges in California, Hawaii and Pacific territories.

Opportunity (1 Grant)

Independent Sector (Washington DC) $150,000 to provide general operating support to Independent Sector.

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