Lumina Fact Sheet

Sept. 14, 2023
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…

Preview of application questions for The Great Admissions Redesign

Sept. 5, 2023
Now is the time to fundamentally reimagine admissions, enrollment, and financial aid systems to serve today’s students better. Lumina Foundation is launching the Great Admissions Redesign and is seeking to work with states, higher education systems, and groups of colleges and universities ready to transform how potential students apply, enroll, and access their institutions. Learn…

Education for What?

Aug. 30, 2023
Despite enrollment and completion rates declining and Americans' confidence in higher education falling, the economic case for earning a college degree remains solid. College graduates earn about $1 million more over the course of their working years than U.S. adults with no college degree, on average.

Journalism and Philanthropy: Growth, Diversity, and Potential Conflicts of Interest

Aug. 24, 2023
Support for nonprofit newsrooms, both from consumers and grantmakers, has been on the rise, but questions about conflict-of-interest policies have simultaneously popped up, a study by Media Impact Funders finds. Conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago in partnership with Media Impact Funders and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the study, Journalism and Philanthropy: Growth, Diversity and Potential Conflicts of…

Advancing Equity by Rethinking the Use of Tests in College Admissions

July 25, 2023
This brief discusses the equity implications of requiring college applicants to submit an SAT or ACT score as part of their application for admission, considerations for college leaders examining test-optional polices, and ways in which test-free policies may address equity concerns related to standardized tests in college admissions. The brief concludes with recommendations for college…

The Urgency of Fair and Equitable Holistic Review of College Applicants

July 20, 2023
This brief is focused on holistic review, a strategy in college admissions that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside a range of indicators that include grades, extra curriculars, environmental context, among other factors. For admissions officers and college leaders, it is a powerful tool and a fairer and more thoughtful approach to reviewing student applications…

Four Ways States and Localities Are Improving Employment Outcomes for Reentering Young Adults

June 27, 2023
Young adulthood is a crucial period that can determine a person’s success later in life by setting a trajectory for work experience, education and training, and financial stability. Unfortunately, many previously incarcerated young adults—those ages 18 to 24—face collateral consequences from policies and laws that make it difficult to obtain employment and education even after…
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Time for Class 2023

June 20, 2023
Digital learning has become a prominent feature of modern education, with the potential to provide personalized instruction through technology-enhanced tools, communication, design, and support services in online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face learning environments. While digital learning tools can improve access and flexibility for underserved students, challenges exist that need to be addressed.
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Preliminary Report of the Special Committee on Academic Freedom and Florida

May 24, 2023
A new report from the American Association of University Professors says the politically, racially, and ideologically motivated attacks on public higher education in Florida are damaging the quality of Florida’s public higher education. If sustained, the efforts threaten the “very survival of meaningful higher education in the state, with dire implications for the entire country,”…