Lumina Foundation: Tapping into Worldwide Education Expertise

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our mission is to prepare people for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.

Lumina Foundation works with governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations to bring about change. We rely on communications outreach, meetings and events that engage and mobilize people, state and federal policy outreach, investments in proven and promising practices, and targeted efforts to measure and evaluate progress.

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The Goal

Since 2000, Lumina Foundation has been working to make learning opportunities available for all by supporting the ecosystem for increasing post-high school attainment. Our work centers on large-scale, system-change strategies to improve participation, increase student success, and better align credentials with the labor market.

The nation will need 60 percent of working-age people to have college degrees, workforce certificates, or other quality credentials by 2025 to meet social, economic, and individual needs. Dramatic changes in how the country educates and trains people beyond high school are necessary to help 16.4 million Americans who are not yet on track.

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Why Are We Here

While we have made significant progress towards our goal that 60 percent of American adults have a high-quality post-high school credential there is still a lot of work to be done. The confluence of a pandemic, severe unemployment, and racial injustice has exposed the daunting challenges ahead.

Yet overcoming such challenges is what has made our nation successful. Quality of life as measured by income, civic participation, and personal well-being is highest among those with a college degree or other credential of value and lowest among those with a high school diploma or less. As human work evolves to require broader knowledge, skills, and abilities, the rewards for individuals with talent signified by possessing these credentials will only increase. Conversely, those without credentials beyond high school will face a declining quality of life and a downward spiral in their financial and social well-being.

We believe that there are lessons and tactics we can draw upon from other fields to inform our work. There are others working in sectors around the world who have knowledge and expertise we would like to tap into to help us solve some of the greatest challenges in post-secondary education facing us today.

Lumina Foundation welcomes innovative ideas and submissions from individuals, the public and private sectors, and scouts to solve education Challenges.

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