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Federal Policy
Lumina Public Comment regarding the Distance Education Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

RE: Docket ID ED–2018–OPE–0076

May 7, 2020
Lumina's public comment regarding the Distance Education Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the general, establishing eligibility, maintaining eligibility, and losing eligibility sections of the Institutional Eligibility regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), related to distance education and innovation.
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Work and Learning
The Future of Work Demands High-Quality Education Beyond High School
Feb. 10, 2020
Economists, policymakers and other experts spend a great deal of time talking about the “future of work,” but in many ways, the future is already here. Profound changes are already affecting our workforce and economy, including globalization, automation, and artificial intelligence. We need to adapt to these changes by adequately investing in the education and…
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Racial Equity
Lumina’s Commitment to Racial Equity

To Achieve Equity, We Must Focus Our Efforts

Jan. 8, 2020
The promise of American opportunity has always been in sharp contrast with our nation’s legacy of racial discrimination and oppression. At Lumina Foundation, we pursue racial equity and its foundation of diversity and inclusion to combat systemic patterns of racism that foster injustice.
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Quality Assurance
Lumina’s Commitment to Educational Quality

To Achieve Quality, We Must Focus Our Efforts

Jan. 8, 2020
As Lumina Foundation works to increase the nation’s education attainment rates, we embrace a dual commitment – to quality credentials and to racial equity. In short, we seek to ensure that degrees and other education credentials reflect the learning necessary for workplace success and informed citizenship. At the same time, we work to ensure that…
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Research and Evaluation
Analyzing Strategies for Non-Degree Credential Completion by Adults

A series of reports on the benefits of non-degree credentials

Nov. 14, 2019
Between 2011 and 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor invested $2 billion to fund the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.
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Military Learning
Veterans Without Degrees

The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications

Oct. 8, 2019
United States military veterans are far more likely than non-veterans to hold non-degree credentials, including certificates and certifications. Therefore, veterans are particularly harmed by the current lack of recognition, transparency, transferability and stackability of nondegree credentials. In addition, the veteran population is especially likely to have education and training experiences outside traditional education institutions.
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Quality Assurance
Unlocking the Nation’s Potential

A Model to Advance Quality and Equity in Education Beyond High School

Sept. 10, 2019
Profound changes in the economy, in society, and in educational systems and institutions require equally profound changes in the way we regulate the sector and assess the quality of college degrees and other credentials earned after high school. This report, which aims to be at least a first step in that change effort, proposes three…
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Prison Education
Federal Policies Should Emphasize Quality and Equitable Outcomes for Incarcerated Learners

Federal policy 1-pager

Aug. 27, 2019
Lumina Foundation believes high-quality education and training after high school should be available, affordable, and accessible to all — and that it should lead to further education and to good-paying jobs. Our commitment is motivated by a desire to use education to empower people who face longstanding, structural barriers, and we emphasize that commitment for…
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Work and Learning
Community College Career Education

Scaling a New Approach

July 10, 2019
A pattern is emerging at community colleges across the country – one that puts preparing students for work at the center.
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Competency-Based Learning
Learning Frameworks: Tools for Building a Better Educational Experience

Tools for Building a Better Educational Experience

June 19, 2019
Learning frameworks are tools that specify learning outcomes and/or competencies that define, classify, and recognize educational, learner, and industry expectations of knowledge, skills, and abilities at increasing levels of complexity and difficulty. They are not standards, and they are not limited to academia, but they do allow for alignment, translation, and mapping of learning through…
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