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Behind the Target: Understanding 60 Percent

Nov 19, 2013

The Evolllution's interview with Dewayne Matthews, vice-president for policy and strategy at Lumina Foundation.

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Attainment and Skills – New Evidence from OECD

Oct 08, 2013

Today, OECD released their Survey of Adult Skills (also called PIACC or Pisa for adults). There is a lot of data – 466 pages worth – but I’ve already come across some interesting and relevant findings.

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The Side Show at UVa

June 22, 2012

I must admit I’ve considered the events at UVa to be a side show—one of those fascinating, high-profile diversions that come along in higher education from time to time. As one who accepts the growing irrelevance of the Research I universities to the key issues facing the nation (now THAT would be a good topic for a future blog post), I am alternately amused and irritated by the undue attention that the periodic soap operas of presidential firings attracts.

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The Use of Goals to Focus Action: Lessons from the UN

May 25, 2012

The blog of the World Economic Forum has a fascinating post by John McArthur about the use of goals to drive global efforts to reduce extreme poverty. The UN set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 to focus global anti-poverty efforts, and they are now working on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build on their success. And by all accounts the goals HAVE been successful—rates of extreme poverty (income of less than $1.25 per day) have fallen across the globe since 2005 and there is genuine optimism they could fall to zero by 2030.

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Chamber hosts State of Education, pushes for increased education funding

May 14, 2012

The Tulsa Metro Chamber wants higher attainment rates for Oklahoma to become a key strategy in weathering future economic storms. Lumina’s Dewayne Matthews delivered the keynote address at the chamber’s State of Education luncheon presenting research on the growing demand for skilled workers with high-quality degrees and credentials.

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Is Reputation the Only Way to Assure Quality?

May 02, 2012

Udacity is the new startup co-founded by Sebastian Thrun, who taught the famous free Stanford course on artificial intelligence that enrolled 160,000 students, and David Stavens. Udacity plans to develop and offer free online courses, and has launched with $5 million in venture capital.

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Higher Education, Economic Recovery, and Job Creation (Part 2)

Sep 07, 2011

In a time of high unemployment, where even college graduates have a hard time finding a job, it may seem like wishful thinking to say increasing higher education attainment plays a key role in driving economic growth—and therefore job creation. But the evidence is clear that it does. Unemployment rates are dramatically lower for college graduates, they are usually the first ones hired in a recovery, and employers pay an increasing premium for their knowledge and skills.

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