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Affordability, effectiveness among top education policy issues in 2020

Feb 03, 2020

College affordability, education for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated populations, the continued growth of mega-universities and the closure of small institutions are some of the issues likely to dominate education policy and generate headlines in 2020. Jesse O’Connell, strategy director for federal policy at Lumina Foundation, shares his six higher ed predictions for 2020.

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Five keys to financially responsible prison higher education programs

Nov 26, 2019

For society, investing in college-in-prison is a fiscal no-brainer. The benefits of college for people who are incarcerated are the same as anybody else, of course: productive work, contributions to the economy, and contributions to community life.

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When it comes to higher ed, there's no debate about what today's students need

Nov 19, 2019

Think of a presidential primary campaign like a boisterous family discussion around the holiday dinner table. Everyone has their own ideas, many disagree, and the arguments are loud, lively, and passionate.

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College accreditation rule leaves work yet to do

Nov 07, 2019

The federal government’s long-awaited final new regulations for accrediting postsecondary institutions are out — and the results are mixed. We see some encouraging steps forward, but also some troubling oversights. In short, there is still plenty of work to do.

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The DACA case is about basic fairness — and the country's economic future

Oct 25, 2019

From front page headlines to the opinion section, few issues are more at the center of the national political dialogue than immigration. Just consider this letter to the editor published in a newspaper: "To open the immigration floodgates in American now would only weaken us by drastically altering our national, racial, and cultural composition…”

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The rest of America could benefit as LA helps former students earn college degrees

Oct 09, 2019

Nearly half a million adults in the Los Angeles area have completed some college but didn’t finish their degrees, according to the U.S. Census. Nationally, the figure is about 35 million Americans, or roughly 20 percent of the population between 25 and 64.

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Fifty years after protests, civil rights advocates are needed more than ever

Sep 05, 2019

We can’t achieve racial equity in higher education without an avid defense of civil rights. Within the past year, Lumina Foundation has focused on supporting civil rights organizations to increase their capacity to advocate for federal policies that can better serve today’s students.

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College classes in prison can unlock an eager, committed group of potential learners.

Aug 29, 2019

As the pool of high school seniors declines nationally, prisons represent an especially promising new source of potential students. Incarcerated individuals can succeed as college students, and higher education—if provided thoughtfully and equitably—can make a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others.

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Ten Questions for the Income-Share Agreement Debate

Aug 13, 2019

Though still in their infancy, income-share agreements (ISAs) already have many skeptics as well as defenders. Continued discussion and debate are needed to ensure the best outcomes, especially for students. But what exactly should we be discussing?

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