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Bipartisan Support for Career and Technical Education Can Buttress Nation's Future Strength

May 18, 2017

Lumina Foundation comments on unanimous bipartisan support for legislation to improve career and technical education–the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

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Restoration of Year-Round Pell is a Win, But the Battle's Not Over

May 05, 2017

When Congress voted to restore year-round Pell in the 2017 omnibus budget, some declared victory. Students can now use these funds over summer terms and potentially accelerate degree completion. While this was a definite win, the fight to keep the Pell program well-funded continues.

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Merisotis Gives Odds For Edtech Innovation Under Trump

Feb 20, 2017

Lumina president Jamie Merisotis sees the potential for trends that emerged during the Obama years to continue under President Trump, including competency-based learning, and the EQUIP program–a pilot project would allow students to qualify for federal financial aid at selected non-accredited schools.

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Outcomes-Based Funding: Lessons for Colleges and Universities

Jul 14, 2016

Lumina releases the third and final round of papers exploring how public colleges and universities are responding to moves nationally by state policymakers toward the use of outcomes-based funding and away from enrollment-based funding.

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What I told the DNC Platform Committee about college affordability

Jun 23, 2016

Last week, I testified before the DNC Platform Committee hearing about higher education and college affordability. Here's what I said: Today some sort of postsecondary education is basically a prerequisite to a middle-class lifestyle. It is projected that by 2020 65% of new jobs will require a postsecondary credential…

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Testimony of Zakiya Smith before Democratic Platform Committee

Jun 08, 2016

Education, employment, and good jobs are interconnected issues that are front of mind for many Americans these days. Today some sort of postsecondary education is basically a prerequisite to a middle class lifestyle. It is projected that by 2020 65% of new jobs will require a postsecondary education—that is something beyond the high school diploma.

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The data problem that perpetuates America’s ongoing college-value debate

Apr 06, 2016

The March jobs report adds to a pile of conclusive evidence that most of the jobs being created in today’s economy require an education beyond high school. Jobs that demand a post-high school credential have been leading the recovery, with 9 million college jobs added since 2007. Meanwhile, 6.3 million jobs for high-school-educated workers are gone, and they’re not coming back.

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Outcomes-Based Funding: Important Takeaways for State Policymakers

Mar 10, 2016

A new series of reports argue for tying public funding to student outcomes.

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LGBT rights important to business

Feb 01, 2016

Indiana has a huge unmet need for workers with the skills and knowledge required to fill 21st century jobs and fuel our state’s economic growth. Consider that by the end of this decade, at least 55 percent of Hoosier jobs will require some form of education beyond high school. And we’re falling woefully behind in meeting that demand. Only 34 percent of adult Hoosiers acquired a two- or four-year degree as of last year. This places us 40th among states in higher education attainment in a nation that, on the whole, faces a looming talent gap.

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