Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana, that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.  The Foundation envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials.

Lumina Foundation works to ensure 60 percent of adults will have a college degree, certificate, industry certification, or other credential of value by 2025. Strategies include:

  • Focusing state and federal policymakers on the need to prepare more individuals, especially people of color, for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.
  • Increasing access to well-designed programs and pathways that address racial disparities in student outcomes.
  • Supporting institutions that serve today’s student, including community and technical colleges, bachelor’s-granting colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, and state higher education systems.

The 2020-2024 Strategic Plan that supports the Foundation's 60 percent goal calls for helping an additional 6.9 million adults—beyond those who are already on track—earn the degrees, certificates, and industry certifications necessary to boost national attainment among working-age adults to 60 percent. The approach calls for:

  • Community and technical colleges to help 2.6 million more U.S. adults earn quality, short-term, and innovative credentials.
  • Community colleges to help 3.3 million more adults earn associate degrees.
  • Higher education institutions to help at least 1 million more adults earn bachelor’s degrees.

Since 2009, Lumina has published A Stronger Nation, a dynamic, online data tool updated frequently with information from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. The tool makes it easy to find student attainment data at several levels and among various racial and ethnic groups. College degree attainment is tracked nationally, in metropolitan areas, in each state, and down to the county level. The tool also provides national and state-level data on certificates and industry-recognized certifications.

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