Lumina names CPE’s Thompson to task force on quality credentials

Aaron Thompson

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president for the Council on Postsecondary Education, is among 20 education, policy and workforce experts named to Lumina Foundation’s Quality Credentials Task Force.

The task force will explore new ways to assure the quality of a college education and other forms of learning beyond high school.

“I’m looking forward to the work of this task force, and I’m delighted to serve,” said Thompson. “Expanding access to high-quality, high-value credentials will open doors to economic and social mobility for all students, while ensuring access to quality credentials for underrepresented minorities.”

According to a release, Lumina will rely on the task force to guide its work within postsecondary education as the broader field strives to build a more contemporary and integrated system of quality assurance. Lumina believes this system should support increasing attainment rates nationally while assuring the quality of credentials, and fairness in access to quality credentials for underrepresented minorities. For decades, persistent inequities have caused students of color to earn credentials at rates far lower than among white students.

The Lumina Foundation works with governmental, nonprofit and private-sector organizations to expand student access to and success in education beyond high school, with the goal of increasing educational attainment to 60 percent by 2025.

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