Focus Magazine Spring 2016: YOUNG. BLACK. EXEMPLARY.

African-American males who defy the odds – and stereotypes – on today’s campuses

May 2, 2016

This issue of Lumina Foundation Focus looks closely at real-life success stories of three African-American males: Evan Snelling, Kevin Lee and Terrance Range.

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On the Verge

Costs and Tradeoffs Facing Community College Students

April 28, 2016

In a new report by The Institute for College Access & Success, financially strapped community college students reveal their struggles to cover college expenses beyond tuition, their experiences with financial aid and the troubling tradeoffs they face when available resources do not stretch far enough.

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2016 College Affordability Diagnosis

National Report

April 27, 2016

A new report from the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Research on Higher Education believes postsecondary education is no longer affordable for many low- and middle-income students and their families. The report offers what it says are resolutions for improvement through new policy approaches that attempt to balance affordability while maintaining educational quality, program access, and student retention and completion.

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College Prep for All

Will San Diego Students Meet Challenging New Graduation Requirements?

April 27, 2016

Several of California’s major urban school districts, including San Diego, have adopted ambitious new high school graduation requirements that make college preparatory coursework mandatory. A new analysis from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that these new requirements are likely to help many students but may damage the prospects of others. The report offers various steps for San Diego and other districts to help lower-achieving students meet the new graduation goals.

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Talent Investments Pay Off

Cigna Realizes Return on Investment from Tuition Benefits

April 22, 2016

An analysis of health insurer Cigna’s Education Reimbursement Program (ERP) shows every dollar the company puts into the program is returned and generates an additional $1.29 in savings—a 129 percent return on investment. Lumina Foundation, a national foundation focused on increasing postsecondary attainment partnered with Cigna to design the study, which was conducted by Accenture, a leading global professional services company.

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State Higher Education Finance FY 2015

Higher Education Funding Slowly Rises

April 21, 2016

State higher education funding is up, but 45 states still appropriated fewer dollars per student in 2015 than they did in 2008, according to the latest annual report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

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Infographic: Transfer Policies Across States

A 50-state comparison

April 21, 2016

One-third of college students transfer to a different institution at least once in their college career, says a new report from the Education Commission of the States. The report provides a national look at the number of states that have policies with one of the four metrics: transferable lower-division core, common course numbering, guaranteed transfer of an associate degree and reverse transfer.

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Who Would Benefit Most From Free College?

Evidence Speaks Reports, Vol 1, #15

April 21, 2016

This report from Brookings Institution offers insight about groups of students who are likely to benefit the most from a policy that eliminates tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. Using nationally representative data on in-state students at public institutions, the study finds that students from higher income families would receive a disproportionate share of the benefits of free college, largely because they attend more expensive institutions.

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Postsecondary Student One-Year Mobility Rates

Nearly 10 Percent of All Students Attend Multiple Institutions in a Single Year

April 18, 2016

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that nationally 9.4 percent of all college students, across all levels of study, enrolled in more than one institution within the 2014-15 academic year. The one-year mobility rate underscores the need for institutions to facilitate smooth transitions for college students, both within and across state lines, the report says.

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Is Stitching State Data Systems the Solution to the College Blackout?

A State-Based Federal Data Approach

April 14, 2016

A policy brief from New America explores the idea of “stitching together” state-based federal data systems as a solution to shed light on national college outcomes and answer key questions such as how many non-traditional students attend college and do they successfully complete credentials? What happens to students who do not graduate? Are students obtaining employment in their field after college, and if so, what do they earn?

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