Lumina Launches The Great Admissions Redesign

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 6, 2023 ~ In an effort to transform the college admissions process, Lumina Foundation has launched The Great Admissions Redesign challenge. This challenge seeks to find and support the best ideas on how to simplify the admissions process, which has been drastically affected by COVID-19, changing testing policies, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling against considering race as a factor in college admissions.

"These conditions create an opportunity for rethinking admissions," said Lumina Strategy Director Melanie Heath. "Now is the time to reimagine how colleges connect with—and better serve—today's students."

The challenge will consider applicants based on their ability to address criteria such as opportunity, simplicity, and innovation. Lumina will accept applications from state agencies and quasi-public organizations, state systems of higher education that include public bachelor's-granting universities or colleges, and a group of three or more public or private nonprofit institutions that includes at least one public or private bachelor's-granting institution.

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Lumina will consider two types of funding requests: planning proposals for up to $100,000 each and implementation proposals for funding of $500,000 to $750,000 with a grant period starting in January 2024 and ending in November 2025. Responses are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 6; successful applicants will be notified by mid-November. An informational webinar is scheduled for noon EDT Tuesday, Sept. 12; registration is required.

The Great Admissions Redesign challenge provides an opportunity for those involved in higher education to rethink how students are admitted and enrolled into college programs in order to better serve today's students and increase college opportunities for students of color, students from low-income families, and first-generation students alike.
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