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Who is Today's Student?

Today’s student is struggling to navigate an outdated system

February 12, 2019

When thinking of typical college students, most of us envision 18- to-21- year-olds fresh out of high school taking classes full-time on a sprawling campus. That is no longer true: full-time, 18- to 21-year-old students now make up just a third of the college population. Today’s students represent a new reality.

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Infographic: Today's Students

2-page infographic

February 12, 2019

Think You Know the Facts? Today's College Students Are:

  • Balancing Multiple Responsibilities
  • Older and More Racially Diverse
  • Financially Support Themselves... And Often Struggle to Make Ends Meet
  • Less Likely to Graduate

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Focus Magazine, Winter 2018: Dream teams

Local collaboration key as cities work to realize a talent-building vision

November 14, 2018

The cities and towns boosting attainment among their residents are places that we at Lumina Foundation call Talent Hubs. This issue of Focus magazine takes an up-close look at 3 exemplary hubs that demonstrate strong local partnerships and an unwavering commitment to achieving racial and economic justice: Detroit, Elkhart County, Ind., and Mobile, Ala.

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Lumina Fact Sheet

November 2, 2018

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.

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Focus Magazine, Fall 2018: Student aid ... remade

Committed colleges take a wraparound approach to ensure student success

September 19, 2018

Many colleges and universities are providing a support network that meets students’ individual, real-life needs, and doing it well. This issue of Focus magazine takes you to a few of those committed campuses aligning with the principles laid out in Beyond Financial Aid, a recently updated report that serves as a blueprint for institutions and systems dedicated to ensuring the success of students from low-income families.

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Partner communication tipsheet

Use this tipsheet to communicate about your work with the foundation.

July 17, 2018

Lumina Foundation believes communication has the power to multiply the effects of grant making by sharing data that can drive change. The foundation’s communications team wants to aid our partners by supporting dissemination of lessons from projects.

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Beyond Financial Aid

How colleges can strengthen the financial stability of low-income students and improve student outcomes

May 16, 2018

BFA is a compendium of best practices for assisting low-income students. It highlights good work that has been underway for years but hasn’t always been implemented at scale, especially within institutions that enroll significant numbers of low-income students.

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Jamie Merisotis’ biography

April 16, 2018

Download a printer-friendly, 1-page version of Jamie Merisotis' biography.

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Focus magazine, Spring 2018: Investing wisely

Exemplary employers reap real returns by developing workers’ talent

April 11, 2018

A growing number of America’s companies recognize the immense value inherent in the talent of their employees, they’re working actively and creatively to foster that talent.

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Statewide Educational Attainment Goals

A Story of Two States

March 6, 2018

This brief tells the story of two states, Arizona and New Hampshire, and their efforts to set ambitious goals for increasing educational attainment among their residents. Based primarily on interviews with key state leaders, these stories highlight the unique path each state took to prioritize its goals for postsecondary attainment and are designed to inspire ideas for leaders in other states.

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