State Policy

Lumina’s state policy agenda calls for:

  • Robust and fair state financing for public colleges, universities, and training centers that serve the greatest numbers and highest percentages of students who are Black, Hispanic, Latino, and Native American, students from families with low incomes, students who are the first in their families to go to college, and working-age adults.
  • Coherent, comprehensive student financial aid resources that serve those in the greatest financial need, especially students who are Black and brown.
  • Fair and consistent systems for assessing and validating people’s knowledge and skills, including pathways for adults to earn college degrees and other quality credentials.

Racial Equity in Higher Education Policy

States across the country are re-examining higher education laws, policies, and regulations to better serve the needs of Today’s Student. Scott Jenkins, Lumina Foundation’s strategy director for state policy, talks about Lumina’s state policy agenda, the flaws with current state funding for higher education, and how he and his colleagues are supporting policymakers around the country.  Commissioner Carlos Santiago of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education shares how his agency designed and implemented an Equity Agenda—a multi-pronged approach to addressing racial equity in higher education.

State Strategy Labs

Lumina provides money to states for technical assistance and consulting support.

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Federal Policy

Lumina’s federal policy agenda calls for:

  • Supporting today’s students no matter where or how they learn.
  • Eliminating disparities in educational outcomes across racial and ethnic groups.
  • Reforming quality assurance to focus on individual student outcomes.
  • Ensuring affordability.
  • Aligning post-high school education and workforce development systems.
Policy Action

Read about policy action to limit transcript holds

The Department of Education curtails the ability of colleges and universities to refuse transcripts.

Lumina's role in ending transcript holds

State and Federal Policy Round Up

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