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ERIC Number: EJ1063944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun-17
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Lumina's Merisotis on Increasing College Enrollment and Graduation
DiSalvio, Philip
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jun 2013
"New Directions for Higher Education" examines emerging issues, trends, and ideas that have an impact on higher education policies, programs, and practices. In this article, DiSalvio inteviews Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, about Lumina's commitment to enrolling and graduating more students from college, and the changes needed in higher education to help encourage that goal. The U.S. ranks ninth in the world in the proportion of young adults enrolled in college and has fallen to 16th in the world in its share of certificates and degrees awarded to adults ages 25 to 34--lagging behind Korea, Canada, Japan, and other nations. Expansion of undergraduate enrollments and the need to improve degree-completion rates calls for recasting the role of American colleges and universities, and system-level change to improve student access and success in higher education. Merisotis observes that there are significant obstacles that stand in the way of these attainment efforts. Expressing urgency for widespread systemic change, he provides useful insights on what reforms are necessary and offers recommendations on how higher education campus leaders and policymakers can help manage those changes. This and other observations are covered in this article. [Assistance in preparation of this article was provided by "NEJHE's" Journal Staff.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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