Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020

October 17, 2016

Lumina Foundation is committed to a fair, universal system for learning that meets the nation’s talent needs. The system must offer every American the chance for a better life by recognizing learning however it occurs. And this learning should lead to a broad range of marketable credentials.

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Talent Investments Pay Off (Advocate Health)

Advocate Health Care Realizes Returns for Investments in Education Assistance

September 27, 2016

An analysis of Advocate Health Care’s Education Assistance Program (EAP), conducted by Accenture and partner Lumina Foundation, shows a 4-percent return on every dollar invested in tuition assistance for the health system. For Advocate’s business and administrative workforce, EAP generates a 58-percent ROI.

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Partner Communication Tipsheet

Use this tipsheet to communication about your work with the Foundation.

September 27, 2016

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 Department wants to aid our partners by supporting dissemination of lessons from projects.

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Child Care for Parents in College

A State-by-State Assessment

September 1, 2016

Child care is a crucial support for the 4.8 million parents in college, but it is difficult for students to find and afford, according to a new report by the Institute of Women's Policy Research. The report says that campus child care centers can help meet the care needs of student parents, but the percentage of institutions with child-care centers on campus is decreasing. In 2003, 55 percent of four-year public colleges provided campus child care, compared to 49 percent in 2015. At community colleges, 53 percent offered campus child care in 2003, and 44 percent offered it in 2015, the report finds.

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Transforming Chaos into Clarity

The Promises and Challenges of Digital Credentialing

August 24, 2016

How should our current higher education system be transformed to better prepare workers for the new economy? A brief from the Roosevelt Institute explores this question, focusing on the emerging challenges and opportunities associated with credentialing.

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How Late is Too Late?

Myths and Facts About the Consequences of Switching College Majors

August 23, 2016

Major switching does not necessarily delay degree progress, says this report by the Education Advisory Board. The study, which explores time to degree and graduation rates of students who change majors multiple times in college, shows that students who switched their majors as late as senior year are more likely to graduate from college than students who decide on a major when immediately arriving on campus.

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Supplementing the Bachelor's Degree

Two-Year Enrollment After Bachelor’S Degree

August 18, 2016

The percentage of students who enroll in two-year colleges after earning bachelor's degrees is at its lowest point in 14 years, says a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Only 5.8 percent of 2013-14 bachelor’s degree earners returned to college at two-year institutions, the report says.

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Post-College Effects of Merit-Based Aid

Post-College Effects of Merit-Based Aid

August 18, 2016

Financial aid influences both college enrollments and completions, but this working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows its impact may continue for years. Scholarships recipients are more likely to earn a graduate degree, own a home and live in higher-income neighborhoods, less likely to have adverse credit outcomes, and are more likely to be in better financial health than similar students who did not receive scholarships, according to the paper.

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Community Colleges

Multiple Missions, Diverse Student Bodies, and a Range of Policy Solutions

August 17, 2016

Community colleges’ multiple missions, funding structures, and program offerings may unintentionally undermine student success, suggests a report from the Urban Institute. The report offers insight on how some community colleges, frequently in partnership with states and other stakeholders, are effectively working on a student success agenda.

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After the Post-9/11 GI Bill

A Profile of Military Service Members and Veterans Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Education

August 12, 2016

A new report from the National Center on Education Statistics examines military service members’ and veterans' enrollment in undergraduate and graduate education and their use of Veterans’ education benefits before and after the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The report also compares military students and their nonmilitary counterparts' enrollment patterns, demographics, disability status, and participation in online education.

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