During a simulation, the laser successfully destroyed a Titan missile booster inhowever the test setup had the booster shell pressurized and under considerable compression loads. The Missile Defense Agency 's Airborne Laser program uses a chemical laser which has successfully intercepted a missile taking off,  so an offshoot of SDI could be said to have successfully implemented one of the key goals of the program. The experiment successfully demonstrated that a particle beam would operate and propagate as predicted outside the atmosphere and that there are no unexpected side-effects when firing the beam in space.
Lumina's Goal Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by Between now andassuming current rates of degree and certificate production continue, about To reach the goal, Lumina is committed under our current strategic plan to make substantial progress by toward this total.
Specifically, our target is to increase attainment by 5. Over the course of our first two strategic planswe have made substantial progress toward the goal. With clear and abundant evidence, we now know that to increase Strategic initiative attainment to the levels we need, we must work with many partners to build an equitable postsecondary learning system out of our current disparate and disconnected systems.
Fortunately, the need to increase postsecondary attainment is now widely recognized by the American people, and state and local leaders throughout the nation are mobilized to take action. It is time to move to action on solutions that dramatically increase attainment to reach the goal.
The comprehensive system of postsecondary learning that Lumina is committed to help build will allow all Americans to obtain credentials representing the knowledge and skills they—and the nation—need.
What is the Issue? America currently ranks a disappointing 11th in global postsecondary attainment, but the pace of attainment among younger adults is even more troubling. According to the OECD data, an astounding 64 percent of young adults ages in South Korea have completed education beyond high school.
Those rates in Japan and Canada are approaching 60 percent, while young adults in the U.
More Why is the Goal so Urgent? Our rapidly evolving, complex economy is causing a surge in demand for skilled employees. Two-thirds of all jobs created in this decade will require some form of postsecondary education, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.
Today, only about 40 percent of adults in the U. Americans with a high-school diploma or less accounted for four out every five jobs lost in the recent recession. More Who is Affected? When we talk about access for underserved students, it's with a focus on today's student These are low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, working adults, and first-generation students.
The students we once called nontraditional are no longer the exception in postsecondary education … they are the rule.
These 21st-century students represent our future—not merely the future of the higher education enterprise, but the future of the nation itself.
More How Can I Help?The Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is a program intended to support Aboriginal participation in the economy, with a particular focus on opportunities in natural resource sectors.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) has been working to make a positive difference in Michigan’s vast forests since The SFI program in Michigan works to support responsible forest practices, wood procurement and harvesting throughout Michigan.
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How to Define a Strategic Initiative. I regularly use the three-part definition as management tool for defining an individual strategic initiative. I (with the team) write a short statement for each of the parts, and then combine them into a single statement.
Here is an example.
The future of our forests depends on strengthening the connections between sustainable forests, thriving communities, and responsible purchasing.
Strategic Initiatives is different from typical management consulting firms: where they exhaust their clients through analysis and leave them unable to develop the resilience and organizational capacity to thrive, we work with our clients to co-develop capacity, craft and execute strategy, and achieve success.