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Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving College Affordability

Feb 06, 2018

I testified about college affordability today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as it considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Here's a look at the prepared remarks, along with a video of the testimony.

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In Support of a Clear, Shared Definition of College Affordability

Nov 16, 2017

College affordability—two simple words. Two critically important, yet distressingly hollow words. Policymakers, college administrators, and student advocates all use this term, but no one seems to precisely define what it means or what achieving it would look like.

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Bipartisan Support for Career and Technical Education Can Buttress Nation's Future Strength

May 18, 2017

Lumina Foundation comments on unanimous bipartisan support for legislation to improve career and technical education–the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

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Restoration of Year-Round Pell is a Win, But the Battle's Not Over

May 05, 2017

When Congress voted to restore year-round Pell in the 2017 omnibus budget, some declared victory. Students can now use these funds over summer terms and potentially accelerate degree completion. While this was a definite win, the fight to keep the Pell program well-funded continues.

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Merisotis Gives Odds For Edtech Innovation Under Trump

Feb 20, 2017

Lumina president Jamie Merisotis sees the potential for trends that emerged during the Obama years to continue under President Trump, including competency-based learning, and the EQUIP program–a pilot project would allow students to qualify for federal financial aid at selected non-accredited schools.

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Why the United States Needs a 'Department of Talent'

Sep 12, 2015

Jamie Merisotis makes the case for well-designed, efficient federal policy to promote talent development.

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Lumina CEO Urges Congress to Adopt a Student-Centered Approach in the Higher Education Act Reauthorization

July 22, 2015

Lumina Foundation president and CEO Jamie Merisotis testified today before Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) and members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities Within Innovation

July 22, 2015

Testimony by Lumina Foundation President & CEO Jamie Merisotis: Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities Within Innovation, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

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What does a degree mean? It’s hard to tell

June 01, 2015

A lack of transparency about what degrees mean in terms of learning translates to a lack of confidence in graduates’ job readiness. New tools like the DQP and LEAP initiative offer to help define college-level learning for the benefit of students, employers, communities and our future.

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Stronger Nation 2017 demonstration
Stronger Nation 2017 demonstration
June 19, 2017

A Stronger Nation 2017 report uses Census data to track progress in degree attainment at several levels – nationally, in metropolitan areas, in all 50 states, and down to the county level. It also contains national data and state-specific estimates that show attainment of high-quality postsecondary certificates.