Lumina Foundation Gives 100 million To Create Data Use Culture In Community Colleges
Lumina has provided funds to 41 community colleges to create and use data to track student progress and completion. The program is called Achieving The Dream. The grants promote a change in culture to use data for interventions that will improve the current 31% completion rate after 6 years. The completion rate is from a 2002 Department of Education study. Colleges have few institutional research resources, and I wonder if this data push can be sustained after the foundation funds run out during a recession.