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Federal Policies Should Emphasize Quality and Equitable Outcomes for Incarcerated Learners

Federal policy 1-pager

August 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 people who have been affected by the nation’s justice system.

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Proposal for protecting and empowering students and borrowers of color

A letter from Lumina's Federal Policy team in response to a request from U.S. Senators

February 15, 2019

Actions the federal government can take to address disparities in borrower outcomes and make higher education equitable for all.

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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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The Equity Journey

Newschools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation Pursue Diversity on the Road to Equity

October 17, 2017

In this case study, Lumina Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund, two grantmakers represented on Grantmakers for Education’s Equity Impact Group, offer up strategies and learnings on their recent journeys in embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizational cultures, grantmaking practices and field-building efforts.

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Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates by Race and Ethnicity

Signature 12 Supplement | Fall 2010 Cohort

April 26, 2017

Supplement to National Student Clearinghouse's Signature 12 report provides six-year completion rates, including degree and certificate completion, disaggregated by race and ethnicity for students who began postsecondary education in fall 2010.

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Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States

2017 Historical Trend Report

April 20, 2017

Students from all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds are attending college at higher rates, but wealthier students are significantly more likely than low-income students to complete a bachelor’s degree on time, according to this report from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and PennAHEAD—Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

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Untold Barriers for Black Students in Higher Education

Placing Race at the Center of Developmental Education

March 2, 2017

This report from the Southern Education Foundation examines developmental education approaches that it says serve as major barriers and disproportionately impact Black students in higher education. The report also provides opportunities for success that are often overlooked.

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A Look At Black Student Success

Identifying Top- and Bottom-Performing Institutions

February 16, 2017

More Black students are enrolling in four-year colleges and universities than ever before. But what happens to these students after they arrive on campus? Do they obtain the degrees they are seeking? Not so much, says this report from The Education Trust. About 4 in 10 (41 percent) Black students who start college as first-time, full-time freshmen earn bachelor’s degrees from those institutions within six years—a rate 22 percentage points below that of their white peers.

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Leading for Equity

Opportunities for State Education Chiefs

February 9, 2017

These ten commitments are actions state chiefs can take to create a more equitable education system in their state.

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Lumina Foundation’s Equity Imperative

Committed to equity and excellence in higher education

January 25, 2017

Achieving Goal 2025 requires the acknowledgment of systemic disparities and the imperative of placing equity and excellence at the center of all work to improve postsecondary attainment. The current higher education system must be redesigned to give all Americans — regardless of race, income and other socioeconomic factors — the opportunities that postsecondary attainment provides. Read why equity matters.

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