Lumina Fact Sheet

April 11, 2017

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.

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Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020

April 10, 2017

Lumina Foundation is committed to a fair, universal system for learning that meets the nation’s talent needs. The system must offer every American the chance for a better life by recognizing learning however it occurs. And this learning should lead to a broad range of marketable credentials.

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Competency as a Currency

An Update on the Right Signals Initiative

March 23, 2017

The Right Signals (TRS) Initiative demonstrates a new credentialing model that recognizes multiple quality credentials to send “the right signals” to employers, students, and colleges about the meaning of these credentials. This report provides an early set of findings from the 20 colleges using a new tool called the beta Credential Framework.

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Limited Means, Limited Options

College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans

March 21, 2017

This paper offers five recommendations to address issues of affordability that negatively affect college access and completion:

  • Federal policymakers should protect and strengthen the Pell Grant.
  • States should strengthen direct investment in public colleges and need-based aid programs.
  • Colleges should manage institutional costs to concentrate expenditures on students.
  • Colleges with wealth at their disposal—either in the form of large endowments or company profits—should keep prices low for needy students.
  • Congress should pass legislation to improve consumer information and transparency, giving students the information they need to make affordable choices.

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Capitalizing on Postsecondary Education to Develop in-State Talent

A Transition Memo for Governors

March 7, 2017

A framework to help state leaders craft and execute a 90-day plan for launching a talent agenda in their state that will attract business investment and higher-wage jobs.

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On Solid Ground

VALUE Report 2017

March 3, 2017

A report from the Association of American Colleges & Universities represents an attempt to develop a large-scale model for assessing student learning across institutions that goes beyond tests and grades. The study, which incorporates results from the first two years of AAC&U’s national Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) initiative, focuses on three key learning outcomes—Critical Thinking, Written Communication, and Quantitative Literacy—that educators, employers, and policy makers believe are essential for student success in the workplace and in life.

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National Veteran Education Success Tracker

A Report on the Academic Success of Student Veterans Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill

February 22, 2017

Student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to transition from the military to postsecondary education are completing their degrees at slightly higher rates than their peers, says this report from Student Veterans of America.

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The State of American High School Graduates

what states know (and don’t) about student performance

February 22, 2017

While every state has prioritized the college and career readiness of its high school graduates via the adoption of higher academic standards, too many states still aren’t doing enough to monitor and report progress toward that goal, says this report from Achieve.

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Report on Phase I Study

Embedding Industry and Professional Certifications within Higher Education

February 21, 2017

Lumina Foundation and the national Connecting Credentials Initiative conducted a study in spring 2016 to learn more about the practice, policies, and impacts of embedding industry and professional certifications in college and university programs.

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Distance Education Price and Cost Report

February 16, 2017

The notion that online education courses cost less to produce and save students money on tuition may not be accurate, states this report from WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. The survey shows that more than half (54.2 percent) of the distance education providers surveyed said distance students pay more than on-campus students when tuition and fees are added. About three-quarters (75.1 percent) of institutions who completed the study indicated tuition was the same, but that added fees resulted in the price to students of distance courses being more.

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