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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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Lumina Stays Focused On Attainment: A Q&A With CEO Jamie Merisotis

Nov 04, 2019

Lumina Foundation is nearing the close of two decades of higher education policy work. From the outset its agenda has focused on increasing the percentage of American adults with high-quality degrees and other credentials to 60% by 2025 and advocating for higher education to become more equitable, accessible and accountable.

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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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Podcast: Go beyond the ‘hot-buttons’ around immigration, Jamie Merisotis says

Oct 09, 2019

The United States needs millions more qualified people to fill open jobs, and immigration is a vital part of filling that gap, Jamie Merisotis says.

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An iconic travel company sinks – and there’s a lesson here for higher ed

Sep 26, 2019

Ever since I returned from a six-month sabbatical in London this year, I’m naturally more inclined to follow news developments in the UK. Interestingly, what caught my eye this week wasn’t just Brexit or the Supreme Court’s ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue (discontinue) Parliament was illegal. That’s a big story, to be sure, with implications for the future of democracy in the UK, and perhaps other parts of the world.

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Focus magazine: Rural college students are a vast and vital national resource

Sep 23, 2019

We’ve all heard the phrase “flyover country,” the dismissive term often used by coastal elites to describe the vast middle parts of the nation that they tend — or choose — to ignore. Those two words encapsulate a troubling view — the idea that the nation’s less populated areas are somehow less important or less valuable, that the people there can rightly be overlooked.

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Earn degrees by showing what you’ve learned? What a concept!

July 24, 2019

When we say: “It’s about the learning,” we’re stating that educational quality shouldn’t be measured by a list of courses taken or grades earned or even the time students spend in classrooms. Rather, quality should be measured by what students actually learn — by the specific knowledge and skills they gain through their programs.

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Today’s students are different … so why isn’t financial aid?

May 16, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, when you hear the term “college student,” a picture comes to mind: A young person — late teens or early 20s — walking across a leaf-strewn quad with a backpack slung across one shoulder. It’s an evocative image — iconic, even.

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Education entrepreneurs are redrawing the learning curve

April 03, 2019

There are at least two ways to look at everything, including innovation. One way — let’s call it the radical approach — was aptly expressed by Charles F. Kettering who said this: “If you’ve always done it that way, it’s probably wrong.”

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Tracy Chen
Lumina Foundation: Working to ensure a quality education for all Americans
Lumina Foundation: Working to ensure a quality education for all Americans
August 8, 2019

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in the United States that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.