With a cohort of 20 U.S. cities and their metropolitan regions leading the way, the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has launched a community mobilization campaign aimed at helping residents in selected metropolitan areas increase their attainment of postsecondary education and training.
The campaign, which will conclude at the end of 2016, will cover 75 American cities that will be partnered with Lumina and other national organizations to enact local action plans to “increase the percentage of high-quality credentials” by residents living in those communities. A coordinating organization in each of the chosen cities are receiving $200,000 to support their efforts to increase the number of residents with a college degree or certificate that’s expected to connect them to employment.
In recent years, Lumina, whose philanthropic mission exclusively focuses on advancing American higher education, has established as a national priority the goal to help bring about a 60 percent postsecondary degree and credential attainment rate among American adults by 2025. Currently, 38 percent of American adults have an associate’s degree or higher. <Read more.>