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2012 Help Wanted conference: Addressing the skills gap

Sep 20, 2012

Lumina Vice President for Program Development Jim Applegate spoke at the 2012 Help Wanted conference on September 20 in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together business leaders, policy makers, and education innovators to address the skills gap crisis and discuss issues on postsecondary education and the workforce.

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The Importance of Post-High School Education

Aug 22, 2012

The recent recession was hardest for those with the least amount of education. That’s why Jamie Merisotis, CEO of Lumina Foundation, believes the key to a lasting recovery is focusing on those who need help the most.

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A Stronger South through Higher Education

June 25, 2012

Jamie Merisotis shares his vision on how Southern states can boost educational attainment to unleash their economic potential.

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America's 'Vanishing' Middle Class - and What Philanthropy Can Do to Help

June 24, 2012

Equity of educational opportunity is a shared value, and philanthropy has a responsibility to increase post-high school attainment not just for individuals but also for the nation’s collective well being, said Lumina President/CEO Jamie Merisotis during a discussion on the role of philanthropy on middle-class life at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Council on Foundations.

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Who needs college?

June 01, 2012

Jamie Merisotis responds to a May 28th op-ed in the Washington Post, "The Failure of college for all."

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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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Growing income through education

April 28, 2012

Each month government officials release a jobs report. The employment and unemployment figures send ripples or waves through political polls and financial markets.

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Jobs are there, for the right skills

April 03, 2012

As the economy in Miami slowly rebounds and the outlook improves, a troubling trend has emerged that should have local policymakers, employers and residents worried. Skilled workers are increasingly in short supply and a new report from Lumina Foundation explains that the main culprit is that Miami’s postsecondary attainment rates are woefully insufficient.

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More productive workers are a key element in creating jobs

March 29, 2012

Lumina president Jamie Merisotis tells PBS' Nightly Business Report that getting more people with college degrees is a key element in powering our economic recovery, in this report on college cost inflation and the uncertain returns of 529 college savings plans.

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