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Scaling High-Impact Practices to Improve Community College Student Outcomes

Evidence from the Tennessee Board of Regents

March 3, 2021
Public two-year colleges serve as an important access point for two out of every five students enrolled in postsecondary education. However, only 40 percent of community college students earn a postsecondary credential of any kind within six years, limiting their opportunities for advancement.1 Hoping to increase student retention and success, many colleges are developing and…
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High-Impact Practices and Gains in Student Learning

Evidence from Georgia, Montana, and Wisconsin

Feb. 9, 2021
This report examines the relationship between students’ participation in high-impact practices (HIP) and their perceived learning gains, with special attention paid to the nature of these relationships among Black and Hispanic students and among students 25 years or older. In 2018, with support from Lumina Foundation, the National Association of System Heads (NASH) launched an…
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Workplace Basics

The Competencies Employers Want

Nov. 20, 2020
Explores how 120 in-demand skills within specific occupations lead to higher earnings in jobs in which they are used most intensively.
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Identifying High-Quality Industry Certifications

What State Efforts Can Ensure That Industry Certifications Are High Quality?

Nov. 8, 2020
Based on this review, the brief offers guidance on identifying high-quality industry certifications, and guidance to states and other entities on processes for identifying high-quality industry certifications.
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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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