Our Work

What You Can Do

Every American has a role in helping us reach Goal 2025, and we all benefit when we get there. Everyone–from employers to instructors to families–has clear steps to take. And no matter how small, each step toward the goal is essential. Find out how you can contribute to building a stronger nation through higher education.

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Students
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Plan for college

Get everything you need to plan for college, with interactive tools and guidance every step of the way on bigfuture.org.

BigFuture.org
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Develop community-based collaborations to increase attainment

Community mobilization work can deepen the impact of cross-sector, place-based efforts to increase higher education attainment by providing shared technical assistance, thought leadership, networking for learning and sharing successes, leadership engagement, and communications support to increase the visibility and impact of the work.

Community Partnerships for Attainment
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Implement proven innovations

Eleven public institutions are creating a playbook of proven innovations to help low income students as well as students from all family backgrounds graduate. For universities, this means spending less time on unproven strategies. For students, this means universities will work even harder for their success and cut the cost of a degree. Read some of these campus success stories for innovative models that can be implemented nationwide.

Campus Success Stories
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Implement the Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning

The DQP is a learning-centered framework for what college graduates should know and be able to do to earn the associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. It outlines a set of reference points for evidence of competencies in any field of study.

DegreeProfile.org
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Offer tuition reimbursement

Employers can show they are serious about increasing educational attainment by taking concrete actions, such as: offering tuition reimbursement, helping their employees develop learning plans, and actively supporting employees' efforts to build their skills and knowledge.

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Advocate for policy change

Employers have had a measurable impact on the K-12 debate and on efforts to increase educational attainment at the K-12 level. Now it's time to weigh in at a public policy level around the issues of higher education: financing, productivity and student learning outcomes. Employers must be advocates for systemic change that will lead to higher levels of educational attainment for a much larger number of Americans.

State Policy Agenda
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Track employee and job candidate skills with open badges

A digital badge is an online representation of a learned skill. Open Badges take that concept one step further, acknowledging achievement and competency verification through credible organizations. And because the system is based on an open standard, multiple badges can be combined from different issuers to tell a more complete story of a candidate's abilities.

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Design Your Future

You need a mission, not a major. Use Stanford University's toolkit to help design your future.

Stanford 2025
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Learn more about education and the workforce

We've compiled a list of resources for a deep dive into the direct impact of higher education on the workforce and the strength of our nation's economy.

Resources for employers
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Show your support for Goal 2025

Add widgets to your website and Goal 2025 messaging to your communications to connect your work to the nation's larger overall attainment goal.

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More About Lumina Foundation

Our Mission and How to Get Involved

What You Can Do

Every American has a role in helping us reach Goal 2025, and we all benefit when we get there. Everyone–from employers to instructors to families–has clear steps to take. And no matter how small, each step toward the goal is essential. Find out how you can contribute to building a stronger nation through higher education.

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What Needs to be Redesigned

Lumina's priority is to fundamentally rethink how higher education is delivered, and what outcomes can be expected from postsecondary completion. Lumina Foundation is leading a national conversation about the disruptive innovations helping to design and build a 21st century system that meets the needs of all students.

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Facts & Figures

Read some key facts on how we can increase levels of educational attainment equitably, through the use of quality data to improve student performance, identify problems, measure progress toward the goal and inform policy and decision making at all levels.

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