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Resources by Audience: Lumina Issue Papers


Lumina’s Commitment to Racial Equity

To Achieve Equity, We Must Focus Our Efforts

January 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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Lumina’s Commitment to Educational Quality

To Achieve Quality, We Must Focus Our Efforts

January 8, 2020

The country’s structures for assuring the quality of college degrees and other credentials awarded after high school no longer meet the needs of today’s students, society, or the economy. Policies and practices must be updated to ensure that the learning represented by all degrees, certificates, industry certifications, and other credentials will indeed help people lead fulfilling lives and obtain and succeed in better jobs, while also building a stronger American society and economy.

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Impacts of Key Community College Strategies on Non-Degree Credential Completion by Adult Learners

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

November 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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Unlocking the Nation’s Potential

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

September 9, 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 specific, synchronized steps.

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Community College Career Education

Scaling a New Approach

July 10, 2019

A new landscape is emerging at community colleges across the country – a new approach that puts preparing students for the workforce at the center of the college’s mission and culture.

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Learning Frameworks

Tools for Building a Better Educational Experience

June 19, 2019

Learning frameworks define what an individual learner can do by detailing the application of knowledge in various contexts—education, military, and employment. This paper outlines the roles that learning frameworks play in the emerging ecosystem of connected learning—why they matter and how they can bring disparate pieces of the learning ecosystem together for greater portability and documentation of learning in all the places it unfolds. The paper concludes with a focus on technological innovations as a source of future directions for learning frameworks connectivity.

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Moving From the Legacy Student Hour Toward a Comprehensive Measure of Student Learning

Examining Benefits of a Competency-Based Taxonomy of Learning

May 30, 2019

This publication examines current challenges with the articulation of learning and argues that a new means of articulating learning is necessary. Specifically, drawbacks and inefficiencies developed to accommodate the credit hour measure of student learning are examined. As an alternative, a new competency-based measure of learning is proposed.

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Beyond Financial Aid

How colleges can strengthen the financial stability of low-income students and improve student outcomes

May 16, 2018

BFA is a compendium of best practices for assisting low-income students. It highlights good work that has been underway for years but hasn’t always been implemented at scale, especially within institutions that enroll significant numbers of low-income students.

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Statewide Educational Attainment Goals

A Story of Two States

March 6, 2018

This brief tells the story of two states, Arizona and New Hampshire, and their efforts to set ambitious goals for increasing educational attainment among their residents. Based primarily on interviews with key state leaders, these stories highlight the unique path each state took to prioritize its goals for postsecondary attainment and are designed to inspire ideas for leaders in other states.

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Equity Policy Academy

Prioritizing Equity

March 6, 2018

This brief tells the story of Lumina Foundation’s and states’ efforts to promote an equity agenda for higher education, featuring the 2015 Equity Policy Academy— which focused on improving educational equity for students from historically underserved groups—as a turning point. Based primarily on interviews with Lumina staff and key state leaders from the five states that participated in the Academy—Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Vermont, and Virginia—this story is designed to highlight the unique path each state took to prioritize equity in postsecondary attainment, and inspire ideas for leaders in other states.

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