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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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The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

April 08, 2015

As postsecondary skills have become essential to success for millions of Americans, few would argue that our nation has all of the talent it needs to prosper. New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race—the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent—unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment.

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A new debate about 'college'

March 30, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is the latest in a string of high-profile policymakers and employers who have questioned whether a college education is vital to success in America. This conversation is certainly worth having, but it’s only going to work if we start to come to grips with the fact that “college” is a very different notion than what many people assume. It’s time to start defining college in a new way that accurately reflects the needs of today’s students and the realities of the 21st century workforce.

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Federal Higher Education Policy: Momentum or Collision Course?

Feb 09, 2015

The president’s proposal to make community college tuition-free is generating a much-needed national dialogue on higher education policy. Lumina President Jamie P. Merisotis looks at how different proposals in Congress could work together to reshape higher education into a more student-centered system. Read Merisotis' op-ed in Roll Call.

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Five Education Trends to Watch as Mid-term Elections Approach

Sep 30, 2014

As the 2014 mid-term elections approach, the view many candidates have of higher education in America is outdated. Some of the old buildings remain from when they were in school, but who college serves now and how it’s delivered has changed dramatically.

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Lumina Ideas Summit: New pathways to higher education diversity

June 17, 2014

Live streamed summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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National Goals and Policy for Higher Education

July 10, 2013

Jamie Merisotis delivers the keynote address to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) about the big picture of higher ed system redesign that will shift the focus from the institution to the student.

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