Lumina Foundation aims to increase American higher education
The Lumina Foundation is a private, independent group with the goal of raising the percentage of Americans who hold college degrees or credentials to 60 percent by 2025, according to their website.
The foundation says improving the rates of higher education is important for a variety of reasons. Adding more educated individuals to the country will improve the quality of the workforce and reduce the costs of crime and poverty, according to the organization. Degrees and certifications can also improve the lifestyles and careers of those who statistically do not seek higher education as often as others, including low-income individuals and first-generation college students.
The Lumina Foundation has recently spoken in Tennessee in an attempt to increase the number of individuals in the state who have more than a high school education, according to Nashville Public Radio.
Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the foundation, told the Senate Education Committee that by 2018, more than half of the state's jobs will require a degree or certification beyond high school, according to the news outlet. In order to compete for these jobs, Merisotis said the state must increase its percentage of individuals who hold some sort of post-secondary degree, which is 7 percent below the national figure of 38 percent.
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