The Lumina Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in Indianapolis in August 2000. We employ 46 staff members and have invested assets in excess of $1 billion. This total ranks Lumina among the nation’s top 40 private foundations. Lumina is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In fact, we are the nation’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. Our mission is defined by Goal 2025–to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

About the Lumina Productivity Initiative

The Lumina Foundation for Education has established their “Big Goal” of increasing the percentage of US adults with postsecondary credentials from 40% to 60% by 2025. The Indiana Chamber’s Productivity Initiative, funded by Lumina and conducted in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana Governor’s Office, is designed to support that goal in Indiana through three primary initiatives:

  1. Focusing on Productivity
  2. Developing a Trustees Academy
  3. Facilitating Regional Cooperation
  4. SPECIAL REPORT: A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education
    Updated state-by-state college attainment statistics that can serve as a call to action to make higher education more accessible and attainable for all Americans. (September 2010)

    POLICY BRIEF: A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education -- and Indiana's Role in that Effort
    Analysis of Indiana's educational attainment, showing levels of education for Indiana adults aged 25-64, degree attainment rates among Indiana adults by population group, and percentage of Indiana adults with a two- or four-year degree by county. (August 2010)

    Returning to Learning: Adults' Success in College is Key to America's Future
    A summary of findings from the Emerging Pathways project, which seeks to identify the diverse needs and characteristics of adult learners, understand patterns of enrollment in credit and non-credit-bearing courses and offer advice to postsecondary institutions and policymakers committed to adult learners' success.  Also read Illuminations, a two-page summary. (March 2007)
    More research reports from Lumina



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