Community Colleges Creating Economic Mobility

March 29, 2024
This brief is a case study of successful efforts by manufacturing certificate programs at two community colleges that have resulted in economic mobility for graduates, especially for people of color. The programs included in this case study had racially diverse student enrollment, high rates of program completion, and favorable labor market outcomes. The findings of…

Lumina Fact Sheet

March 4, 2024
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…

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…
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Possible Ways of Increasing College Access Among Adults from Underserved Backgrounds

April 18, 2023
For adults with low incomes and potential first-generation college-goers, enrolling in college can be challenging. The U.S. Department of Education-funded Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs) provide supports to help navigate some of the barriers to enrollment, including assistance with completing college and financial aid application processes, academic advising, and personal counseling.

Starting with Freedom in Mind

Dec. 14, 2022
The seminal book on guided pathways, Redesigning America’s Community Colleges (Bailey et al., 2015), outlines the importance of college stakeholders who seek to successfully adopt a guided pathways approach to start with the students’ end goal in mind. This end-in-mind approach at the onset of institutional guided pathways adoption is foundational as it provides the…
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Supporting Adult Learners Through the SUCCESS Program

Dec. 7, 2022
In 2019, MDRC launched the Scaling Up College Completion Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) project to improve college completion rates for traditionally underserved students — such as students from low-income backgrounds and students of color — at community and broad-access colleges. The SUCCESS program integrates multiple evidence-based components to help students stay enrolled and graduate, including proactive and holistic…

How Can Philadelphia Grow Middle-Wage Jobs?

Nov. 16, 2022
In Philadelphia, an inclusive economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will require a robust increase in jobs—particularly in what economists call “middle-wage jobs,” positions that pay enough to sustain a family and that have historically been available to people without college degrees.