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Ascendium and ECMC Foundation funded the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility and Progress Report series to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students. This is the year-end report and analysis for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Ascendium’s Grantmaking Team Strives for Impactful Change and Is Looking for Individuals Who Share this Passion
Keith Witham, Ascendium’s new deputy director - education grantmaking, shares his thoughts about education philanthropy in a time of unprecedented challenge and his hopes for meeting those challenges by filling key positions on a growing team.
Over 2 million learners transferred between institutions during the 2020-2021 academic year, a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center details. Ascendium remains committed to supporting projects and initiatives that ease transitions for those transferring between, and returning to, postsecondary education providers. This year, Ascendium has funded projects that study transfer data, produce compelling resources and provide opportunities for leaders to connect so they can work toward improving transfer outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds.
Greater outcomes can be achieved when workforce and postsecondary education systems align in rural communities. That is exactly what Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has proven through an Ascendium-funded project in its first year. Read more about the Rural Works initiative, which utilizes a framework that focuses on the alignment of those systems to better engage community-wide partnerships between organizations, postsecondary education providers, employers and workforce investment boards in rural regions of the U.S.
Ascendium’s Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative was launched last summer to support postsecondary education membership organizations and networks through financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis. This month, we’re checking in with the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) and Achieving the Dream (ATD). With Ascendium’s support, UIA enhanced its Black Student Success Initiative and added a new member institution. ATD improved its virtual learning technology, added to a teaching skills seminar and supported members with coaching tailored to their unique needs.
According to The Graduate! Network, 45 million adults 25 years or older in the U.S. have earned some college credit, but no degree. This specific population of learners represents 20% of the adult population. With the COVID-19 health crisis impacting employment opportunities, many of these adults are returning to postsecondary education. Learn more from members of our grantmaking team about how and why Ascendium is supporting projects that aim to improve the transition to and through postsecondary education for these returning adult learners at a critical time in their academic journey.
New National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda available, Washington Consortium One Year After Maintain Momentum Grant and More
- National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda Now Available
- At One-Year Mark, Washington Consortium is Maintaining Momentum
- New Media Partnerships Spotlight Topics in Postsecondary Education
Grants from Ascendium to two national nonprofit news organizations will assist in coverage of postsecondary education and workforce training topics over the next two years. Stay tuned for great in-depth reporting that will come from these media partnerships.
It’s the one-year mark of Ascendium’s Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative. This month, we’re checking in with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. With Ascendium’s support, the consortium was able to prevent members from departing due to financial constraints and offer programs and working groups to help address challenges posed by the COVID-19 health crisis.
Deeply understanding the experiences of rural learners and the rural institutions that serve them is critical to removing systemic barriers that can stand in the way of their success. Ascendium is excited to share our newly released National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda, developed in partnership with Sova, that outlines key questions to inform further research in the rural postsecondary education and workforce training field.
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