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October 25, 2021

As the U.N. climate conference nears, more universities must join this ‘best last chance’ to curb global warming


By Jamie Merisotis

Expect expansive coverage of the U.N. climate conference (COP26) in the coming days, even though the real news is decades old. The reality of global climate change is all around us, yet many national governments and big polluters lack the courage, the will—sometimes even the desire—to curb greenhouse emissions. Colleges and universities have an essential role to play in helping us reverse course.

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October 7, 2021

Eight Questions for Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation


By Mike Scutari

Jamie Merisotis has spent most of his 30-plus-year career at the intersection of philanthropy, education, and work. He’s the president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, a funder with over $1 billion in assets and a mission to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees, certificates, and other high-quality credentials to 60% by 2025.

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September 24, 2021

The caregiving economy: We need a new economic category


By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Hilary Cottam

Think about caregiving less as a bundle of services and more as a web of relationships that encourage human flourishing.

Care work has long been indispensable and invaluable. Indispensable: It is the work that makes all other work possible. Invaluable, quite literally: Our society is incapable of valuing it properly.

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September 16, 2021

We have to fix the skilled-labor shortage to overhaul the country’s infrastructure. Our approach must work for everyone.


By Jamie Merisotis

Change takes time - except when you do not have time. If you have been following the latest news about our nation’s drastic shortage of skills and talent, you know what I mean. We pivoted quickly in education and remote work to respond to the pandemic. Now, we need that sense of urgency around shorter-term workforce training - and, once more, there is no time to wait.

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July 27, 2021

Is America’s Workforce Ready for a Tsunami of Skilled Jobs?

A fantastical image of a tsunami bringing in waves of money.

By Peter Quigley and Jamie Merisotis

As America continues to emerge from the pandemic’s grip, several economists — including Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell — anticipate a wave of job creation in the second half of the year, and some expect the U.S. economy to achieve a level of growth we haven’t seen in 30 years.

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