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Stronger Nation 2-pager cover for July 2020 update
A Stronger Nation – Key Insights

Twelve takeaways from the July 2020 data update

July 1, 2020
Read an overview of 12 takeaways of the latest Stronger Nation update. July 2020.
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Credentials
What Are Short-Term Credentials?

A vital measure of post–high school educational attainment in the United States

July 1, 2020
Short-term credentials, including college-level certificates and industry-recognized certifications, generally take less time and money to earn than degrees.
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Talent, Innovation, and Equity
The Role of Institutions in Advancing Racial Equity in Postsecondary Attainment

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Evaluation

May 27, 2020
Lumina’s Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) initiative awards multi-year grants and technical assistance to states to promote awareness of racial attainment gaps in postsecondary education and work towards the reduction and elimination of those gaps.
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Research and Evaluation
A Framework to Address Racial Equity in Postsecondary State Policy and Practice

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Framework 1-pager

May 26, 2020
To support state efforts to close postsecondary attainment equity gaps for students of color, RFA has developed a framework that describes three drivers behind efforts to place racial equity at the center of postsecondary policymaking and practice: awareness, inclusion, and integration.
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Federal Policy
The Merit Myth

How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

May 26, 2020
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce presents a framework for system-wide change with policy recommendations including: End the overreliance on the SAT and ACT, since GPA has been shown to be a better predictor of academic success Halt legacy admissions, as they do no more than perpetuate the insularity of selective colleges Require…
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Work and Learning
Embedding Certifications into Bachelor’s Degrees Could Improve Transitions into the Labor Market

An interview with Karen Elzey of Workcred

May 25, 2020
There’s a growing interest in embedding industry- recognized certifications into college and university degree programs. Workcred is working on a Lumina- supported project with the goal of improving students’ transition from college to the labor market.
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State Policy
Advanced Opportunities

How Idaho Is Reshaping High Schools by Empowering Students

May 22, 2020
Dual enrollment programs, in which high school students enroll in college courses, have gained traction nationally in the past two decades, but Idaho’s “Advanced Opportunities” initiative has been particularly successful. This report from the Manhattan Institute describes the mechanics, origin, and institutional effects of Idaho’s initiative—and why it may be a useful model for policy…
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Talent, Innovation, and Equity
Coalition-Building Efforts and a Race-Conscious Postsecondary Agenda: Lessons from TIE States

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Evaluation

May 22, 2020
Lumina’s Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) initiative awards multi-year grants and technical assistance to states to promote awareness of racial attainment gaps in postsecondary education and work towards the reduction and elimination of those gaps (Lumina, 2017).
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State Policy
State Policies on Postsecondary Tuition Setting, Capping and Freezing

50-State Comparison

May 20, 2020
Increasing prices for postsecondary education concern students, parents, educators and policymakers alike. But who has the authority to set those prices? This 50-State Comparison details the highest level of policy, by state, that addresses the authority to set tuition for the four-year and two-year public sectors. The maps below illustrate that in the majority of…
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Student Supports
How Can We Improve Teaching in Higher Education?

Learning From CUNY Start

May 19, 2020
Despite the growing evidence on promising approaches to postsecondary instruction—and particularly on the benefits of student-centered, conceptually oriented instruction for underprepared students—there has been limited investment in supporting these approaches’ widespread implementation. Most postsecondary instructors have limited training in pedagogy, and broad-access colleges have relatively few resources to invest in improving instruction and building high-quality…
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