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A Closer Look at Virginia’s Digital Divide in Education

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Aug. 11, 2020
A report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia shows that 1 in 5 K-12 and college students in Virginia lack either high-speed internet or a computer in their home, both of which are necessary for successful online or remote learning.
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The Pivot to Remote Teaching in Spring 2020 and Its Impact

The Changing Landscape of Online Education, 2020

July 20, 2020
A report from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research chronicles the evolution of online policies and practices in U.S. higher education from the perspective of chief online officers. The survey specifically captures leadership reflections on the pandemic-induced emergency remote instruction in the spring: what happened, what worked, and implications for fall.
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The Case for Escape Hatches From Higher Education Accreditation

Accreditation doesn't work because it asks accreditors to be consultants and regulators at the same time.

April 3, 2020
Within American higher education, accreditors are private entities that have quasi-regulatory power over colleges. If a college wants its students to be able to receive federal financial aid, such as a Pell grant or a student loan, it must first obtain accreditation.
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Lumina’s Commitment to Educational Quality

To Achieve Quality, We Must Focus Our Efforts

Jan. 8, 2020
As Lumina Foundation works to increase the nation’s education attainment rates, we embrace a dual commitment – to quality credentials and to racial equity. In short, we seek to ensure that degrees and other education credentials reflect the learning necessary for workplace success and informed citizenship. At the same time, we work to ensure that…
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The Bermuda Triad

Where Accountability Goes to Die

Nov. 19, 2019
This report examines the system of shared accountability that devolves into a game of hot potato, with no one member of the program integrity triad willing to take serious action against an institution of higher education that falls short of its standards until other members of the triad have stepped up. In its examination, the…
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Unlocking the Nation’s Potential

A Model to Advance Quality and Equity in Education Beyond High School

Sept. 10, 2019
Profound changes in the economy, in society, and in educational systems and institutions require equally profound changes in the way we regulate the sector and assess the quality of college degrees and other credentials earned after high school. This report, which aims to be at least a first step in that change effort, proposes three…
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Quality Assurance slidedeck | PPT

Slides from convening in Dallas, Sept. 10, 2019

Sept. 9, 2019
Presentation from the Unlocking the Nation’s Potential report release, presented by Debra Humphreys in Sept. 2019.
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Lumina State Quality RFP

Request for Proposals: Enhancing the State Role in Quality Assurance

July 1, 2019
To assist states interested in assuring quality across systems and in increasing equitable access to quality pathways and credentials, we are excited to launch the Lumina State Quality Assurance Grant Fund to provide assistance in developing or implementing new approaches to quality assurance and improvement.
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Should College Come With a Money-Back Guarantee?

Mechanisms for Mitigating Student Risk

July 1, 2019
Experience will show if guarantees play an important role in the future of U.S. higher education. But with tuition prices continuing to rise year after year and the fact that many perceive that college degrees will be necessary to enable participation in the future economy, it’s very likely that we’ll see dramatic, systemic changes in…
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SAT-Only Admission

How Would It Change College Campuses?

June 21, 2019
The question of how heavily to weigh standardized test scores in admissions decisions is about more than fairness in admissions. At its heart, it’s a question about the goals of our higher education system and what we do when those goals are in tension. It’s rooted in a longstanding debate about the quest to find…
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