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- 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?
- 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
At Ascendium, we know there are critical gaps in the knowledge available on effective postsecondary education and workforce training policies, practices and programs that consider the unique assets of rural communities and the learners within them. Through this new grant opportunity, we will invest in applied research projects that generate actionable knowledge, yielding evidence and insights that improve outcomes for rural learners from low-income backgrounds.
Now accepting applications for action-oriented research projects that address gaps in evidence for rural learner postsecondary education and workforce success.
This June, Kirstin Yeado, a program officer in Ascendium’s Support Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training focus area, traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first institute of the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement Rural Guided Pathways Project. Yeado shares her reflections from this institute, which was supported via a grant from Ascendium.
A Pivotal Time for Postsecondary Education in Prison, the Impact of Administrative Holds on Student Success and More
- Q&A: Molly Lasagna on the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison Ahead of Pell Restoration
- Hold Up: What We Do and Don’t Know about the Impact of Holds on Postsecondary Student Success
- Congratulations to 10 Exemplary Community Colleges in the Running for 2023 Aspen Prize
Defining and identifying institutions that support rural learners nationwide has long been challenging. Recently, Ascendium funded two projects resulting in publicly available, interactive data tools that do this. One identifies diverse institutional settings in which rural learners are enrolled. The other identifies a metric that accounts for institutions that are attended by rural learners and deliver rural-focused programs regardless of whether they are in a rural location. Together, these projects help stakeholders to advance their understanding of diverse, rural learners and aid in resource allocation to address the growing economic gaps between rural and non-rural communities and to help rural learners succeed.
Ascendium Grows its Team to Further Our Grantmaking, Bringing Together Rural College Leaders and More
- Education Philanthropy Positions Will Enhance Evidence Based Grantmaking, Translate Evidence to Insights and Enrich Strategic Connections
- Learning Communities Bring Together Rural College Leaders
- Proposals Still Being Accepted for Fund for Workforce Equity
Education Philanthropy Positions Will Enhance Evidence Based Grantmaking, Translate Evidence to Insights and Enrich Strategic Connections
Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy is hiring for three mission-critical positions. These roles underscore our commitment to evidence-based grantmaking and will deepen our capacity to tell essential stories that amplify partners’ important work. This growth will also advance Ascendium’s thought leadership in the fields in which we operate and bolster our ability to share insights with those best positioned to improve outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds.
Since early 2020, leaders at rural community colleges have been meeting virtually to discuss ways their institutions could be better prepared to meet the challenges of learners and communities as they emerge from the COVID-19 health crisis. Convened through National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII) and with grant funding from Ascendium, briefs created through the Rural Leader Learning Community remain helpful resources and tools for rural community colleges as they navigate pandemic challenges. Additionally, conversations from the initial learning community have laid the foundation for NCII to convene a new cohort of colleges focused on rural guided pathways implementation.
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