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Studies show how states can improve education after high school

March 06, 2018

States looking to raise the overall numbers of working-age residents with education and training after high school would benefit from focusing on populations who haven’t been well served in the past by colleges, universities, and other postsecondary education providers.

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Lumina Announces Attainment Challenge Grant Recipients

Aug 14, 2017

As another school year begins, a baker’s dozen of states have signed on to an ambitious program seeking to sharply raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees and high-quality certifications.

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Paying for higher education results might help Hoosiers

July 23, 2017

New funding approach appears to be working in Indiana. Lumina CEO Jamie Merisotis and Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers review outcomes-based funding research from Philadelphia-based Research for Action.

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Achieving Educational Equity in the United States

July 12, 2017

Lumina Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Danette Howard explains how a new Talent, Innovation, Equity initiative will work to create a “talent pipeline” connecting people with opportunities to find good-paying jobs and continue learning.

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Rising to the Attainment Challenge: States Target Data, Equity

June 27, 2017

A growing number of states are setting ambitious goals to increase the numbers of people who complete education and training after high school. But as we saw at a convening of state policymakers brought together this week by Lumina Foundation, progress is about more than numbers.

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The boat is rocking … so set a new course

Jan 29, 2014

Oregon higher education has witnessed more policy changes in the last year than it has in the past 50. State universities are achieving more autonomy and state budgeting is becoming more focused on strategic investment and integrated funding for universities, community colleges, and need-based student aid. Lumina president Jamie Merisotis outlines five key strategies to help navigate this new landscape.

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Gallup and Purdue University Partner to Measure College Outcomes with Landmark Study

Dec 17, 2013

Gallup and Purdue University are conducting the largest representative study of college graduates in U.S. history. The Gallup-Purdue Index will evaluate the long-term success of graduates in their pursuit of “great jobs” and “great lives.”

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Strategy Labs website launched to help states increase attainment

Dec 11, 2013

New digital platform provides nonpartisan policy resources for higher education leaders working to increase postsecondary degree attainment in their states.

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Stronger Nation 2017 demonstration
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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.