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New Grant Opportunity Available Now!
Now accepting action-oriented research projects for Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success.

Our Focus Areas

We know learners from low-income backgrounds have the same abilities as high-income learners. Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility.


We hope our work contributes to a future where more learners from low-income backgrounds earn degrees and credentials in postsecondary education and workforce training. We envision this leading to improved labor market success and socioeconomic mobility for these learners.

To assess the progress of our strategy on the changes we seek, we monitor data points related to first-year persistence, degree and credential completion, time to completion and job placement. 

News and updates

September 22, 2022 Newsletter

New COVID-19 Transfer Data Findings, the Impact of Media Grant Partners on Inequity and More

  • COVID-19 Transfer Data Reveals Trends that Can Inform Equity and Student Success Policies
  • Engaging with Media Showcases Grant Partners’ Positive Impact on Inequity
  • Are You Interested in a Student-Centered Partnership?
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September 08, 2022 Newsletter

Special Edition: New Rural Grant Opportunity Available and More

  • New Grant Opportunity Available: Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success
  • Program Officer Perspectives: Kirstin Yeado Reflects on Rural Guided Pathways Work
  • Data Tools Help Stakeholders Identify and Support Rural and Rural Serving Institutions
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September 07, 2022 News Release

Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success

Now accepting applications for action-oriented research projects that address gaps in evidence for rural learner postsecondary education and workforce success.

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