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Student Supports
Working Together to Address the COVID-19 Crisis

The Pandemic Unveils Harsh Realities

July 29, 2020
As the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic reverberate across the nation into our homes, federal lawmakers are providing financial relief to help restart the economy as states scramble to create jobs and deploy resources to guard against further job losses and budget cuts. Lumina Foundation believes recovery begins with serving today’s students…
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Research and Evaluation
Recognition of Prior Learning in the 21st Century

An Examination of Prior Learning Assessment Policy and Practice as Experienced by Academic Records Professionals and Students

July 14, 2020
This brief is one part of a broad landscape analysis focused on policy and practice issues related to the recognition of prior learning and is published by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, with funding from Lumina Foundation and Strada Education Network.
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Credentials
What Are Short-Term Credentials?

A vital measure of post–high school educational attainment in the United States

July 1, 2020
Short-term credentials, including college-level certificates and industry-recognized certifications, generally take less time and money to earn than degrees.
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Talent, Innovation, and Equity
The Role of Institutions in Advancing Racial Equity in Postsecondary Attainment

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Evaluation

May 27, 2020
Lumina’s Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) initiative awards multi-year grants and technical assistance to states to promote awareness of racial attainment gaps in postsecondary education and work towards the reduction and elimination of those gaps.
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Research and Evaluation
A Framework to Address Racial Equity in Postsecondary State Policy and Practice

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Framework 1-pager

May 26, 2020
To support state efforts to close postsecondary attainment equity gaps for students of color, RFA has developed a framework that describes three drivers behind efforts to place racial equity at the center of postsecondary policymaking and practice: awareness, inclusion, and integration.
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Talent, Innovation, and Equity
Coalition-Building Efforts and a Race-Conscious Postsecondary Agenda: Lessons from TIE States

Talent, Innovation, and Equity Evaluation

May 22, 2020
Lumina’s Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) initiative awards multi-year grants and technical assistance to states to promote awareness of racial attainment gaps in postsecondary education and work towards the reduction and elimination of those gaps (Lumina, 2017).
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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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