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Lumina has defined two high-level imperatives necessary for reaching
Goal 2025. While distinct, these imperatives are interrelated and
The first — Mobilizing to Reach Goal 2025 — is to mobilize action at
the local, state and national levels and in higher education systems and
institutions throughout the nation. To reach the goal, thousands of
educators (including faculty and administrators), elected officials,
community leaders, business leaders and other citizens must
understand and accept as their own the need to increase attainment.
Effective mobilization also depends on these individuals and groups
being equipped with the tools and approaches they need to act.
Lumina’s mobilization work is organized around the creation of a social
movement to increase attainment, along with approaches targeted to
specific groups that must act if the goal is to be reached. Those
groups, in addition to entities within higher education, include:
employers, metropolitan areas and regions, and individuals and
organizations involved with state and federal policy.
Lumina’s second strategic imperative — Designing a 21st Century Higher
Education System — is to develop specific approaches to create the
fundamental change needed in higher education to reach the attainment
goal. This change is really quite simple, but far-reaching in its
ramifications. It is that the U.S. move from a system based on time to
one based on learning.
As a consequence of this shift, there are specific structures within
the U.S. higher education system — particularly finance and
credentialing models — that need to be changed for attainment to
increase to the levels required to reach the goal. Through collaboration
with its growing number of partner organizations and individuals,
Lumina will work to develop new models and to implement them throughout
the higher education system.
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