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News Release April 01, 2022

Ascendium Education Group Releases 2021 Education Philanthropy Report: Stronger Together

Ascendium Education Group has released its 2021 Education Philanthropy report, Stronger Together. The report tells the story of Ascendium’s philanthropy during 2021 and what can be achieved through partnership and collaboration.

Ascendium in the News March 14, 2022

Rural Isn’t Going Away: New Initiative Launches to Help Rural-Serving Community Colleges

Leaders at 10 North Carolina community colleges are participating in the Rural College Leaders Program (RCLP). RCLP is an immersive learning opportunity for rural-serving community colleges designed to close equity gaps, improve student outcomes and pave the way for greater social and economic mobility.

Ascendium in the News February 17, 2022

Public, Private Grants Add Momentum to UW System Prison Education Initiative

The University of Wisconsin System’s Prison Education Initiative aims to build degree programs in prisons throughout the state. It’s an example of work in our Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison focus area that aims to remove barriers to academic and career success by helping incarcerated adults gain equitable access to high-quality postsecondary education.

Ascendium in the News February 01, 2022

Shining a Light on Rural Colleges

Two mapping tools, supported by Ascendium, aim to expand the field’s understanding of rural colleges. Complementary to each other, one tool explores where rural colleges are located while the other focuses on colleges that serve rural learners.

Ascendium in the News February 01, 2022

Why a Rural-Serving College May Look Different Than You Think

There’s a lot of complexity around the term ‘rural,’ particularly when classifying postsecondary institutions as such. Using a new metric and definition, the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges has identified over 1,000 rural-serving institutions.

Ascendium in the News January 31, 2022

New Group Looks to Redefine Rural Higher Education Policy

The Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC) unveiled a new mapping tool that identifies rural-serving postsecondary institutions. ARRC researchers believe policymakers can use this resource to better understand rural postsecondary education.

News Release December 16, 2021

Ascendium Gifts Foster Better Lives Through Education in 2021

Ascendium employees give back to the communities in which they live and work through our employee giving program, Ascendium Cares.

Ascendium in the News December 03, 2021

UW System Developing Bachelors Degree Program in WI Prisons

The University of Wisconsin System, in partnership with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, is preparing to launch their Prison Education Initiative to offer baccalaureate degrees, competency-based degrees, certificate programs and stackable credentials to incarcerated adults across Wisconsin. Ascendium is helping fund the development of the curriculum and infrastructure for the Prison Education Initiative pilot program so incarcerated adults can have equitable access to high-quality postsecondary education and remove barriers to academic and career success.

Ascendium in the News December 01, 2021

The First-Gen 'Gap That Still Exists'

The Chronicle of Higher Education, with support from Ascendium, is launching a yearlong effort on student success to explore common challenges and look at new approaches through a series of virtual forums, written reports and an online resource center. To kick-off this effort, this article gives institutions advice focusing on first-generation students’ success. Topics include: normalizing the use of support services, employing peer leaders and creating a sense of community for first-generation students.

Ascendium in the News November 02, 2021

150 Colleges Eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute has announced that 150 community colleges are eligible to compete for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Ascendium’s support for the Aspen Prize aligns with our mission to elevate opportunity for learners from low-income backgrounds and acknowledges the critical role community and technical colleges play in providing pathways to academic and career success.

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