Research and Resources
1. The Lumina Foundation:

A private organization based out of Indianapolis, IN, the Lumina Foundation is dedicated to increasing American enrollment and graduation rates at postsecondary institutions. With the ambitious goal of increasing the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025, the Lumina Foundation is committed to equipping Americans with postsecondary degrees.

The Lumina Foundation has implemented a three-pronged attack for achieving their goal by 2025: "by identifying and supporting effective practice, by encouraging effective public policy, and by using our communications and convening capacity to build public will for change." The Lumina Foundation has supported the Memphis community through the Post-Secondary City Access Network, Education Policy Advisor?s Network, the Latino Student Success Grant, and the Mayor?s Institute for Children and Families. In 2010 the Lumina Foundation approved nearly 100 grants, totaling an overall commitment of $43.4 million towards shaping American postsecondary education.

2. Summary of

For 2010*, tax returns indicate an influx of nearly 27,000 residents to Shelby County with an outflow of nearly 30,500 individuals leaving the County. Percentage wise, approximately 3 percent of the Shelby County population is newcomers, while the county has lost nearly 3.3 percent of its current population-tax returns indicate a total population of 927,644. A few thousand former residents have left for nearby counties such as Desoto, Fayette, and Tipton, but many residents have migrated as far as to Los Angeles (229), Dallas (329), Atlanta (209), and Las Vegas (188). Concurrently, however, a few thousand have moved to Shelby County from the neighboring counties of Desoto, Tipton, and Fayette. While Shelby County lost more residents to Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Las Vegas than gained, the county attracted an overall gain of residents from Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Miami, respectively.

The income per capita for incoming residents was $19,900, while the outbound income per capita was $23,400. Shelby County?s non-migrant income per capita was $23,000. The contingent migrating from Shelby County to Salt Lake City reported the highest income per capita of outbound residents at $141,600. The income per capita for newcomers from New York City was $51,300.

In terms of other U.S metropolitan areas, Fulton County, GA received about 77,000 incomers and saw nearly 70,000 residents leave for other cities. Dallas welcomed nearly 100,000 newcomers, while nearly 110,000 residents left the Dallas area. 36,000 people left Raleigh, NC but 45,000 made Raleigh their new home.

3. For an illustrative map outlining U.S migration, please visit:

4. "Help Wanted: Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018":

As a response to what was viewed as poor, even inaccurate job forecasting by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce published "Helped Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018. "A robust, comprehensive forecast of the American job market, the report predicts that by 2018, 63 percent of all American jobs will require some postsecondary education of some kind, up from 59 percent in 2008. By 2018, nearly 22 million new jobs will require a postsecondary degree. At its current pace, America will produce only 19 million graduates of postsecondary institutes by 2018. This would mean a yearly deficit of 300,000 college graduates between 2010 and 2018.

Today, 61 percent of the middle class requires postsecondary education, compared to just 26 percent in 1970. In a frank analysis of the future landscape, the report comments," Given the transformation of workers by economic class, postsecondary education and training is no longer just the preferred pathway to middle and upper income classes?it is, increasingly, the only pathway."

For Tennessee specifically, the report forecasts that by 2018, 54 percent of all Tennessee jobs will require some postsecondary training beyond high school. Nearly 53 percent of new jobs will require workers with postsecondary credentials. Tennessee ranks 46th in the forecasted percentage of 2018 jobs requiring postsecondary education.

5. Talent Metrics That Matter Click to Download PDF:

Increasingly more and more, businesses, governments, and organizations are focusing their attention on human talent or as many refer to it, human capital. To help quantify precise measures of talent, David Forman has presented a how-to guide on pinpointing substantial and consequential measures of human talents and resources so that organizations can develop what Forman calls, "A talent scorecard." Essentially a list of six to ten significant measures of talent, a talent scorecard, Foreman posits, should be used to make the process of developing and acquiring talent all the more easier. The talent scorecard should feature metrics that incorporate seven facets of measuring and aligning human talent:
  • Planning for talent
  • Acquiring talent
  • Engaging talent
  • Developing talent
  • Deploying talent
  • Leading talent
  • Retaining talent.

Having understood each component of the development process and how it relates to a company, government, or school, an institution can gain a sense of what aspects of talent are significant; yet, most significantly, an institution can launch a plan for action to acquire and cultivate talent.

6. Graduate Memphis

Graduate Memphis is an action initiative of Leadership Memphis and the Memphis Talent Dividend: College Attainment Initiative. It is affiliated with the Talent Dividend Network and the Graduate Network. Our mission is to increase the number of adults with quality post-secondary credentials in the Memphis Metropolitan Area. These credentials could be certificates from technical schools to Associate’s degrees or Bachelor’s degrees. What’s important is that every Memphian has an opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and have the opportunity to prepare through higher education. Graduate Memphis has a strategic partnership with the City of Memphis/Memphis Public Library and has been funded through a generous grant from Plough Foundation. It has partnered with local colleges and universities that are fully regionally accredited, have high graduation rates, and offer courses that are flexible, focused, and convenient for adults.

The Graduate Memphis College Resource Center is located on the first floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN Phone (901) 415-2774

Center hours are:
  • Monday – Thursday: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
  • Friday – Sunday: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 
There is no obligation, and there never is a cost to the student for our services. For additional information on Graduate Memphis or to provide feedback, click here.
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