Because Lumina seeks a quantifiable, time-limited goal—that is, 60% of American adults with a quality post-high school credential by 2025—accurate, relevant data are critical to our work. We seek to ensure that adults, especially people of color, have access to programs that lead to valuable, meaningful credentials, and that they have the resources and support to ensure their success. We use research and data to understand what works, for whom, and under what conditions. And, by adding to the knowledge base, we strengthen the capacity of others to do the same. We invest in research that is critical to our mission—that is, research related to the enrollment, persistence, and completion in adults in postsecondary education. This site offers a few highlights of what we are learning in each of these areas.

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Meet the Team

Research and Evaluation

Lumina’s data, research, and evaluation teams use evidence to inform grantmaking, increase our impact through our investments, and ultimately drive toward our goal of ensuring that more adults earn quality post-high school credentials.