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Lumina Fact Sheet

Updated Periodically

Nov. 8, 2022
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…
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Focus Magazine, Fall 2021: Native Excellence

Today’s Indigenous students choose their own paths to college success

Oct. 12, 2021
The nation’s Indigenous peoples—infinitely varied in their cultures and scattered all across the continent— have at least one thing in common: Essentially, they’re forgotten. Overlooked. Invisible. Whether they live on a faraway reservation, along a suburban street, or in the high-rise condo unit next door, we non-Natives don’t see them. Not really.
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Equity Paradoxes in the PLA Boost

Opportunity Unrealized for Some Students Despite the Potential for Improved Credit Completion

Oct. 7, 2021
Black and lower-income adult students received strong boosts to credential completion from prior learning assessment/credit for prior learning—but they were the least likely to receive such credit, says new research from Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
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Partner communication tipsheet

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

June 25, 2021
Lumina Foundation believes communication has the power to multiply the effects of grantmaking 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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Certifications as a Vehicle for Increasing Labor-Market Mobility
Dec. 10, 2020
Five new case studies from the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Workcred, and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy aim to help policymakers, practitioners, employers, and funders better understand the potential of certifications to help people enter the labor market, obtain a career goal, or reskill for a new career. The reports are the culmination…
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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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Lumina Impact Ventures Overview

2-page overview

March 5, 2020
Lumina Impact Ventures (LIV) is Lumina Foundation’s impact investing arm. Lumina is the nation’s leading philanthropy committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Through LIV, Lumina invests directly and primarily in emerging companies aligned with its mission of creating a better-educated country. LIV brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders in…
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The Leadership Model of Philanthropy

By Jamie Merisotis

Sept. 26, 2019
As the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education, Lumina Foundation seeks to maximize its effectiveness in serving the public trust through a leadership model of philanthropy, in favor of following a strictly charitable role. Merisotis shares his thoughts on how that leadership model can lead to more significant…
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Broken Mirrors II

Latino Student Representation at Public State Colleges and Universities

Aug. 30, 2019
This report is part of a broader body of state-focused research and policy analysis aimed at advancing educational equity and justice for students of color and students from low-income families by engaging issues that affect public colleges and universities. We place a specific emphasis on public institutions, since they educate more than 75 percent of…
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Understanding the Needs of Part-Time Faculty at Six Community Colleges

Creating opportunities for collaboration and connection

Nov. 1, 2018
A comprehensive vision for the improvement of community colleges must include improving the working conditions of adjunct faculty.
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