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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 22, 2017
Report: Tennessee Promise Students More Likely to Succeed in College, Less Likely to Drop Out
Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean
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Students using Tennessee's free community college scholarship are significantly more likely to succeed in college than their peers outside the program, according to data released Thursday.

Fifty-six percent of Tennessee Promise students who entered college in 2015, the program's first year, had graduated, transferred to a four-year university, or remained in school two years later. Only 39 percent of recent high school graduates outside of Tennessee Promise had done the same — a difference of 17 percentage points.

We Can Innovate Responsibly While Protecting Students
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
Competency-based programs often take a different approach to the design and delivery of curricula. They are innovative solutions to vexing challenges in education. 

For many students, especially those who do better outside of the classroom in experiential settings, competency-based education is a better way to plan, organize, deliver, and support their learning.
At Gathering On Academic Innovation, Leaders Wonder How Fast Colleges Should Change
Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
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Last week leaders from about two dozen colleges and universities met at Stanford University with the goal of helping each other reinvent the way their institutions teach and operate. Among the many unresolved questions: How fast should academic innovation happen?

Advocates: Support Vital for Students From Foster Care System
Catherine Morris, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
When it comes to accessing college, students who experience the foster care system have a steep hill to climb. Information about their college-going rates is scant, but existing studies indicate that while the majority of foster youth say that they want to go to college, few will ever attain a degree.
New Plan to Boost College and Career Readiness
Alisha Kirby, Cabinet Report (Colorado)
See 20 Years of Tuition Growth at National Universities
Briana Boyington, U.S. News & World Report
U-M Asks, ‘Where Are the Poor Kids?’
Ron French, Bridge Magazine
Blog: Diversity, Now
Kirk Carapezza, On Campus
FAFSA Reform: The Search for a Realistic Solution
Audrey Sheehy, Harvard Political Review