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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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Quality Assurance and Improvement in Higher Education

Quality Assurance in Higher Ed: The Role of States

May 21, 2019
Using a variety of data sources, including two in-person convenings of relevant stakeholders, a survey of state higher education agencies and system offices, and qualitative interviews, the partners explored current quality assurance and improvement practices, challenges and limitations related to quality assurance and improvement at the state and system levels, and ideas for how current…
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Engagement Insights: Annual Results 2018

Survey findings on the quality of undergraduate education

Nov. 14, 2018
At a time when a college degree and employability are increasingly intertwined, 93 percent of college seniors believe what they are learning is relevant to their career paths, according to the 2018 annual survey by the National Survey of Student Engagement.
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