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Lumina Fact Sheet

Updated Periodically

Nov. 8, 2022
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…
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Affordability
Borrowing During a Time of Crisis

Examining Institutional Debt During the Great Recession and COVID-19

Aug. 31, 2022
Although a great deal of attention is paid to student debt, colleges and universities have increased their institutional debt substantially over the past several decades. Institutions primarily borrow these funds for capital investments on campus. This may include building new labs and educational facilities, sports arenas, or dormitories. The array of projects reflects the variation…
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Racial Justice and Equity
The Next Phase of Placement Reform: Moving Toward Equity-Centered Practice
Aug. 17, 2022
Test-only placement systems are associated with inaccurate placement determinations that can perpetuate college achievement gaps by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. In response, colleges across the country are increasingly experimenting with and adopting alternative placement strategies that reduce the number of students assigned to prerequisite developmental education and increase access to college-level courses.
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Talent Development
Apprenticeship Comes to Campus

A Playbook for Building a Consortium-Driven Degree-Based Apprenticeship

Aug. 15, 2022
Tech industry workforce demographics reveal a need for increased diversity, and many employers have shown a desire to make their teams more diverse and inclusive.
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State Policy
Nearly There

Large Scale Improvements in Math Implementation of AB 705

Aug. 11, 2022
AB 705 continues to drive large-scale changes in placement and remediation in California’s community colleges. The law requires colleges to rely on high school grades for placement and restricts colleges from requiring remedial courses if these courses do not improve students’ timely completion of math and English requirements for transfer to a university.
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State Policy
Community College English in California’s New Era of Access
Aug. 11, 2022
California’s community colleges began implementing Assembly Bill 705 in fall 2019, making major assessment and placement reforms that moved students away from remedial prerequisites for English and math and into transfer-level courses.
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Research and Evaluation
Pell Access and Completion Series Part III: For-Profit Colleges and Universities
Aug. 10, 2022
The Pell Grant is targeted to students with the greatest financial need, and many policymakers find the Pell Grant a useful policy lever for promoting access and success for students from lower- and moderate-income backgrounds.
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Student Supports
For Student Parents, the Biggest Hurdles to a Higher Education Are Costs and Finding Child Care
Aug. 8, 2022
More than one-fifth of all college students are student parents. That’s nearly 4 million college students with children. In between taking classes, millions of these individuals hold part-time or full-time jobs while also managing the tasks of raising a family.
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Adult Pathways
Part-Time Students Must Be a Full-Time Priority
Aug. 1, 2022
Acting on data about both part-time and full-time students is essential to moving the needle on college completion. It also is an equity issue. Part-time student attainment rates severely lag behind those of their full-time counterparts, regardless of sector or timeframe. And part-time students are disproportionately BILPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, People of Color) students, community…
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Federal Policy
Trapped by Default
July 27, 2022
Today, approximately 7.5 million Americans are in default on their federal student loans. Borrowers enter default when they miss 270 days’ worth of payments, and being behind on student loan bills comes with severe financial consequences. Borrowers in default can be charged high collection fees and have portions of their wages, tax refunds, and federal…
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