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News Release March 17, 2020

Largest-ever Study of Impact of Open Educational Resources in College Reveals Benefits of Introducing OER Courses on a Broad Scale

Community college students taking multiple OER courses earned more credits and similar grades than students who took no OER courses and reported high engagement with course materials; effort saved students $10.7 million and was cost-effective for colleges

News Release December 05, 2019

Ascendium Announces Funding for Three Sites in Major Higher Education in Prison Initiative

Madison, WI— Ascendium Education Group has committed up to $5 million in funding for its new initiative, “Optimizing Delivery Systems for Higher Education in Prison: Postsecondary Pathways for Re-Entry Transition.” This initiative represents Ascendium’s first major project in the higher education in prison (HEP) space since unveiling a new funding strategy featuring HEP as one of four key focus areas earlier this year.

News Release July 18, 2019

Ascendium-Funded Project Helping 13 Wisconsin School Districts “Nudge” Their College-Bound Graduates to Campus as Planned with Timely Texts

Madison, Wis.—As many as 40% of high school graduates from low-income households who have been accepted into college fail to enroll in the fall. The reason? Students must complete a series of crucial tasks over the summer, from finalizing financial aid to arranging campus housing. These tasks can be overwhelming, especially without the support of the school counselors who helped them get that far. This phenomenon, known as “summer melt,” is most prevalent among students who are first in their family to go to college.

News Release May 07, 2019

Ascendium Unveils Updated Philanthropy Blueprint

Strategy Highlights Four Funding Priorities and a Nationwide Focus

News Release April 18, 2019

Ascendium’s 2018 Education Philanthropy Report Highlights $107 Million in Grant Funding

Renamed Organization to Continue Focus on Student Success and Education Philanthropy

News Release March 19, 2019

Ascendium Education Group Shares Lessons Learned from College Emergency Grant Program

Report Emphasizes Cultural Shift to Holistic Student Support

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