Jamie Merisotis’ biography

January 3, 2017

Download a printer-friendly, 1-page version of Jamie Merisotis' biography  | .pdf 

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Focus Magazine Fall 2016: Unlocking lives

Postsecondary programs go behind prison walls to forge new futures

December 6, 2016

Today, more than ever, successful second chances depend on high-quality postsecondary education. And that’s what this issue of Lumina Foundation Focus is about. It goes behind the walls of the nation’s correctional facilities to examine postsecondary programs that serve the people who need those programs most.

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Talent Investments Pay Off (Discover Financial Services)

Discover Financial Services Realizes Returns for Investments in Tuition Reimbursement

November 30, 2016

From 2010 to 2013, Discover’s tuition reimbursement program produced an overall 144% return on investment as a result of avoided talent management costs due to higher rates of promotion, transfers and retention and lower rates of absenteeism. Employees participating in the program received, on average, annual wage increases that were at least 41% greater than non-participating employees, while helping Discover save $10.9M. 

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Talent Investments Pay Off (Regional Bank)

Regional Bank Realizes Returns on Investments in Education Assistance

November 29, 2016

From 2011 to 2015, Regional Bank's tuition reimbursement program produced an overall return on investment of 10% ($700K in net savings) as a result of avoided talent management costs. Workers who took advantage of the program achieved increased career opportunities.

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What’s the Payoff?

Americans Consider Problems and Promises of Higher Education

November 18, 2016

Forty-two percent of Americans think a college degree is necessary for success in the workforce, according to a survey from Public Agenda. This is down from 55 percent in 2009, the report says.

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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

A Landscape Analysis

October 24, 2016

A new paper from New America explores the use of predictive analytics in higher education to identify students who need extra support, steer students in courses they will do well in, and provide digital tools that can customize the learning process.

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Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States

2013 Compendium Report

October 21, 2016

High school completion rates increased from 83.7 percent in 1973 to 92 percent in 2013 among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics. In the same time period, the report says the gap in completion rates between White youth and Black and Hispanic youth narrowed, although gaps remain.

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Black-White Disparity in Student Loan DebtBlack-white disparity in student loan debt more than triples after graduation

October 20, 2016

Black college graduates owe $7,400 more on average than their White peers ($23,400 versus $16,000, including non-borrowers in the averages), says this paper from the Brookings Institution. Over the next few years, the Black-White debt gap more than triples to $25,000, the paper suggests.

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National College Progression Rates

For high schools participating in the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker service

October 19, 2016

Forty-five percent of students graduating in the class of 2009 from higher-income high schools completed a college degree by 2015, compared to 24 percent of students from low-income schools, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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Trends in College Pricing 2016

Trends in Higher Education Series

October 18, 2016

A new report from the College Board says a 16 percent (inflation-adjusted) decline in total state and local funding and a 13 percent increase in enrollment contributed to a decline of 26 percent in state and local appropriations per FTE student between 2007-08 and 2011-12. Meanwhile, key student aid findings show loans from a combination of federal and nonfederal sources constituted 36 percent of the funds used by undergraduates in 2015-16 to supplement student and family resources—less than in any other year over the past two decades.

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