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Redesigning Higher Education Through Intentional Influence

To create system-level change, we must use influence to both work within the system and disrupt it

If you had asked me about Lumina Foundation when I first took the job as its CEO in 2008, I would have told you that we had a good and important mission focused on increasing college access and success. Today, I’d tell you that we’re committed to ensuring that 60 percent of Americans hold high-quality degrees, certificates, or other postsecondary credentials by 2025. (Today less than 45 percent hold such degrees or credentials.) Community Wealth Partners calls this a bold goal. We call it Goal 2025. Every day I’m focused on making sure this is more than just another goal. Our commitment to it drives every aspect of our work, including grant making, convening, and our work around public policy and community-level impact. We believe this goal can be achieved, and we are leveraging intentional influence to see that it does.

Read the full op-ed in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Lumina Foundation: Working to ensure a quality education for all Americans
Lumina Foundation: Working to ensure a quality education for all Americans
August 8, 2019

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in the United States that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. Through our work and our partners’ efforts, we lift people out of poverty, reduce racial inequality, improve health and well-being, promote the availability of good jobs and economic growth, and build sustainable communities.