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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Americans Value Postsecondary Education

The 2015 Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study of the American Public’S Opinion on Higher Education

April 12, 2016

To contribute to the dialogue surrounding postsecondary education in the U.S., Lumina and Gallup gauge the American public's opinion on the most pressing issues facing higher education today, including cost, access, quality and workforce readiness. This study can help inform what thought leaders and all Americans need to know about the value and opportunity that quality higher education affords.

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Lumina Brand Guidelines

April 6, 2016

A guide for grantees and partners on correct use of Lumina's name, logo and other branding and communications assets.

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Early Results of Outcomes-Based Funding in Tennessee

March 10, 2016

No state has done more than Tennessee to shift state higher education funding to reflect outcomes rather than inputs. In other states, most of the core funding for higher education, including tuition and state appropriations, flows to colleges based on student enrollment.

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Structuring State Policy for Student Success

Applying Incentives in the Volunteer State

March 10, 2016

This is a time of great challenge and opportunity for American higher education. The challenges are well-established and widely acknowledged: escalating standards for economic competitiveness, coupled with a severe economic downturn and protracted recovery, require broad access to relevant postsecondary education, training and retooling as never before, but stagnant state funding and surging student demand have tightened the tension on an already cash-strapped public system. The lagging economy limits tax collections, which are an important stream of unrestricted revenue for public institutions. Faced with doing more with less, campuses respond by raising tuition, fees or both, while cutting costs in a variety of ways, often affecting personnel, services and quality.

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Employing Postsecondary Data for Effective State Finance Policymaking

March 10, 2016

Each year, more states are adopting policies to incent and support improvements in postsecondary student success and equitable outcomes through the effective use of quality data. Particularly as the target dates for national higher education attainment goals grow nearer, state economies are in need of more college-educated workers, and budgets continue to be severely constrained, many state leaders are recognizing the need to improve the productivity, completion efficiency and equity of their higher education systems.

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Linking Appropriations for the Texas State Technical College System to Student Employment Outcomes

March 10, 2016

When the idea of tying appropriations for the public universities in Texas to performance funding first emerged, there was one exception to the opposition from the higher-education establishment: the state’s technical colleges. The 50-year-old Texas State Technical College System jumped at the opportunity to prove its worth to lawmakers and the public.

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Higher Education Outcomes-Based Funding Models and Academic Quality

March 10, 2016

Recent years have seen rapid increases in both the need and demand for higher education, just as the economic downturn has placed increasing pressure on state higher education budgets. These trends and others have converged to inspire state policy- makers, the coordinating and governing boards for higher education, and other stakeholders to consider ways to better align institutional priorities and activities with state goals, create incentives for quality, and more ef ciently prioritize dwindling state resources for higher education.

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Changing the Debate on Quality Assurance in Higher Education

The Case for Employer Leadership and a Roadmap for Change

February 26, 2016

Businesses need a bigger role at the accreditation table, suggests a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and USA Funds. The report argues for a different approach to closing the skills gap, one that creates a “voluntary, employer-driven talent supplier recognition and certification system.”

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Completing College

A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates

February 24, 2016

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows each state’s outcomes for students who started postsecondary education at four‐year public institutions, two‐year public institutions, and four‐year private nonprofit institutions. Among the report’s key findings: Nationally, the college completion rate for students who started in four-year public institutions declined from 2008 to 2009 by 1.7 percentage points, dropping to 61.2 percent from 62.9 percent. In 15 states, the college completion rate was positive, including four states (California, Connecticut, Iowa, and South Carolina) where the college completion rate for students who started in four-year public institutions increased by one to two percentage points.

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