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Ascendium in the News July 21, 2020

Supporting Innovation in Education Webinar Recap: Removing Structural Barriers to Postsecondary Success

Source: The Hunt Institute

“Partners have pivoted quickly to ensure student needs are being met and figure out ways to help under-served students in the long run.”
– MC Belk Pilon, Board Chair, John M. Belk Endowment

Throughout our series of webinar conversations with education policymakers, a common refrain has been that the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified many of the inequitable aspects of our education system that have persisted for years. That theme came up again in the most recent episode of our Postsecondary Pathways webinar series, where our guests – MC Belk Pilon from the John M. Belk Endowment and Amy Kerwin from Ascendium – talked about barriers that can prevent students from transitioning into higher education and completing their studies.

MC and Amy have networks of partners who work to support higher education students in a variety of ways, and they shared what they’ve been hearing from education leaders who have developed creative and innovative strategies to remove access barriers. They both spoke not only about how the field has worked on supporting student transitions into higher education for years but also how that work has shifted, and become even more important, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full article on the Hunt Institute

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