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Investing for Impact

Jun 05, 2017

Two years after shifting the focus of its impact investing program, Lumina Foundation is building partnerships that give emerging companies the benefit of the Foundation’s network—multiplying the investment’s value and creating new opportunities along the way.

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How Obama's new education secretary could build a legacy in less than a year

Apr 05, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. has just shy of 10 months in his post before the next administration takes over. But that doesn’t mean he’s a caretaker—far from it. Indeed, Secretary King has many opportunities to have a real and lasting influence on the trajectory of education in the country. An ideal opportunity to create an outsized impact is by leveraging his position to advance higher education equity.

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Redefine what ‘college’ means

Nov 25, 2015

The US Department of Education’s recent move enabling students to use financial aid for programs not typically considered “college” landed without fanfare. But the pilot program could have a big impact on thinking about education beyond high school in New England, home to some of the best-known higher education institutions.

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Rethinking higher education

Oct 29, 2015

Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis shares his thoughts on the state of postsecondary education today, explains the thinking that went into Goal 2025, and outlines a vision for a more equitable, innovative, student-centered higher education system of the future.

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Free the Funds!

Oct 09, 2015

The 2016 presidential campaigns have begun to focus on higher education in some important ways, with candidates like Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio underscoring the rising cost of college, the impacts of student debt, and how to make college more affordable. Those are critical issues, to be sure, but there’s another way the government could use its resources to help students get exactly the education they need.

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New Poll Reveals Increasing Talent a National Priority

Sep 08, 2015

An overwhelming majority of Americans say the federal government should make it a high priority to increase the talent of our nation’s workforce, according to a new Gallup-Lumina Foundation Pulse Poll.

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Why We Need a U.S. Department of Talent

Aug 27, 2015

If you tell an audience these days that the way to solve big national problems is to reorganize the federal government, you’re liable to get laughed offstage. And I can understand why. Not only is faith in the federal government at near-historic lows, but the record of some past efforts at federal reorganization does not necessarily inspire confidence…

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Community-Based Attainment Network Expands to 75 Cities

Feb 26, 2015

Lumina Foundation announced the final 20 cities in its 75-city community-based attainment network. This work is designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. Lumina’s focus on community-based attainment began because of the Foundation’s recognition that community-based networks are well-suited to play a role in institutional planning and can provide the implementation and coordination that is necessary to create impact at state and federal levels in order to improve the nation’s higher education system so that it better serves students.

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Higher education must change to reflect shifting student demographics

Jan 08, 2015

America's outdated models of higher education are failing today's diverse student population. Lumina President Jamie P. Merisotis calls for policymakers, educators, employers and other stakeholders to redesign education to meet the needs of changing college demographics. Read the op-ed in The Hill's Forum for Lawmakers and Policy Professionals.

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