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Jamie Merisotis is CEO/President of Lumina Foundation- the largest foundation in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on getting more Americans into and through some form of high quality, post-secondary education and training.

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America's Talent Gap: Five Areas of Focus

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 10:08 PM

Talent is something we should focus on in America these days. Sure, we have amazing athletes, musicians and the latest YouTube sensations. But, we need the talent- knowledge, skills and abilities, honed by education- to meet the massive gap that exists between the workforce we have and the workforce we...

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The data problem that perpetuates America's ongoing college-value debate

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:23 PM

The March jobs report adds to a pile of conclusive evidence that most of the jobs being created in today's economy require an education beyond high school. Jobs that demand a post-high school credential have been leading the recovery, with 9 million college jobs added since 2007. Meanwhile, 6.3 million...

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Want to Be Happier and Healthier? Then Go to College.

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 10:46 AM

There's a lot of debate right now about the value of higher education and the costs associated with going to college. Central to the discussion are legitimate concerns about affordability and what students actually know and are able to do with the degrees they receive.

Despite these concerns, ample...

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Five Ways to Deploy a 21st Century Workforce

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:24 PM

In our dynamic and global economy, we need to ask whether our workforce is equipped to meet the increasingly complex demands of the 21st century.

The answer, as it stands today, is a decisive no.

A critical pair of statistics underscores this reality: By 2020, labor economists predict that...

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What New Orleans Needs in the Next Post-Katrina Decade

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 4:45 PM

As the nation remembers the destruction and devastation of Hurricane Katrina in light of the tragedy's 10th anniversary this weekend, we also should celebrate the indomitable resolve and resilience of New Orleans - and look to what's next for the city to position itself for 21st century success.

New Orleans...

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Why Rebooting Higher Education Policy Could Strengthen Our Nation's Economic Future

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 2:02 PM

Much is riding on the outcome of a months-long Congressional debate over re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, the sweeping law that governs colleges and universities. The law has been in place for five decades and through many rounds of re-authorization, but this will be its most consequential to date....

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The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

(15) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 11:54 AM

As postsecondary skills have become essential to success for millions of Americans, few would argue that our nation has all of the talent it needs to prosper. New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race -- the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent...

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Education Is the Avenue to Prosperity in America

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:32 PM

From the Carnegies to the Kennedys to the Clampetts -- Americans have always had a fascination with the super wealthy. And our cultural curiosity is only magnified with each release of the Forbes 400, or more recently, a breakdown of the wealthiest individuals in each of...

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Smart Growth: Creating Sustainable Cities Through Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:31 PM

In urban planning circles, smart growth refers to the infrastructure development strategies cities employ in hopes of creating more sustainable and successful communities. But, what about the other smart growth -- the approach that involves investing in the development of our citizens, our human capital?

In his book Triumph...

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The Urgency of Now: Beyond Fisher

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is generating a lot of heat about the topic of higher education admissions and racial inequity. In the short-term, the decision will do little to address the massive gaps in educational achievement in this country linked...

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Fixing America's Talent Problem

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 11:36 AM

America produces lots of things in abundance. We grow enough corn to feed people around the globe. We develop amazing athletes who lead the world in Olympic medals. And only Britain turns out more reality TV shows than us. Yes, we know how to produce. But when it comes to...

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Tackling the Urgent National Challenge of College Affordability: Criteria for System Redesign

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 12:28 PM

There is a lot of talk right now about the future of higher education, and particularly about how student financing should be redesigned within that new future. The main driver of this interest is the nation's dramatically increasing need for talent. With two-thirds of all new jobs requiring a postsecondary...

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Competency-Based Learning: A Big Deal, But Not Because of the Feds

(7) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 4:33 PM

The recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Title IV financial aid and competency-based learning is the latest evidence that competency-based approaches to postsecondary degree or other credentialing are gaining in popularity.

The Department's announcement "reminding institutions that they may apply to be eligible for Title...

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They Are Us: Why the Nation's Future Is Riding on Latino Students' Success

(20) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Everywhere you look this election season, campaigns are wooing the Hispanic vote. Rising stars such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro played prominent roles at this summer's national political conventions. Both presidential candidates gave extended interviews to Univision in recent weeks, and both have made...

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Paying for College: The Music Has Stopped

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 5:59 PM

When you see the president of the United States "slow jamming" about student loans with Jimmy Fallon, the presumptive Republican nominee quickly agreeing with the president on the need for Congressional action, and the Speaker of the House assuring the public that the only barrier to Congressional action is "political"...

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Wanted: An Education Recovery to Match the Economic Recovery

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 3:18 PM

As the U.S. economy slowly rebounds and new jobs are added each month, a troubling trend has emerged that has policymakers, economists and employers worried. Skilled workers are increasingly in short supply, and a new report from Lumina Foundation explains that the main culprit is that the nation's...

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The Critical Connection Between Higher Education and the American Dream

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 4:49 PM

The American Dream is built on the promise that individuals from all walks of life can find success and prosperity here. That dream has taken some hits recently and the rising cost of college tuition is part of the problem. As we dive into the new year, it's time to...

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Latino Student Success Can Help Enable "Exceptionalism"

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 10:18 PM

Not everyone buys into the idea of "American exceptionalism," but I do. Admittedly, my definition probably differs from what seems to be the popular notion of that term. Being exceptional doesn't mean you're always right ... or above criticism ... or absolved from the rules of justice and compassion and...

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Work-Study Is About Work and Study

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 7:00 PM

It is fair to say that the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is the Rodney Dangerfield of financial aid programs. With a total budget in FY2010 of almost $1.2 billion, FWS is a significant investment of resources and a major element in the overall financial aid picture.


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Education: the 21st Century "Ark" to a Better U.S. Economy

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 5:16 PM

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan recently created a stir when he talked about the education gap that exists between Baby Boomers and those born afterwards, "Generation X."

Greenspan called Baby Boomers "the most productive, highly skilled, educated part of our labor force" and continued by saying, "They...

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