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Newsletter Article October 30, 2023

Introducing our New Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking, Dr. Janice Hicks

Ascendium is pleased to welcome Dr. Janice Hicks to our Education Philanthropy team as our new deputy director of education grantmaking. Janice will support grantmaking across portfolios focused on strategies to transform postsecondary education institutions and systems to better serve learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter October 19, 2023

Keith Witham Reflects on the Past Six Months, Ascendium Discusses the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison, and More

  • Keith Witham Reflects on His First Six Months as Vice President of Education Philanthropy
  • Ascendium’s Molly Lasagna and Others Discuss the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison
  • Strategic Media Partnerships Amplify Solutions to Rural Learners’ Challenges
Newsletter Article October 13, 2023

Aligning Postsecondary Education Programs and Workforce Demands to Help Learners Access Good Jobs

Research from the Urban Institute has led to the development of a framework and dedicated resources that explore how the alignment of training and credential programs with good jobs improves outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds. These resources specifically outline approaches for learners in short-term career and technical education programs.

Newsletter Article September 27, 2023

Keith Witham Reflects on His First Six Months as Vice President of Education Philanthropy

Halfway through his first year as Vice President of Education Philanthropy, Keith Witham provides an overview of the past six months of Ascendium’s grantmaking. He also looks ahead, reaffirming Ascendium’s commitment to transforming the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds through postsecondary education and workforce training.

Ascendium in the News August 28, 2023

Free Job Trainings for Immediate Employment for Maui Residents

Good Jobs Hawai’i offers free job training to Maui residents who want to upskill and earn industry credentials in the healthcare, skilled trades, and technology industries. Ascendium’s support of this initiative includes funding to help with industry partner coordination and the development of career pathways within the University of Hawaii System.

Newsletter August 24, 2023

Q&A with UIA’s Bridget Burns, Improving Learner Outcomes with Updated CUNY Transfer Explorer, and More

  • Q&A: UIA’s Bridget Burns on Helping Struggling Students Get Back on Track (Part 1)
  • Updated Tool Saves Time and Money to Improve Learner Outcomes
  • Helping Learners See a Clearer Path: Awareness Continues to Build Around Guided Pathways Framework
Ascendium in the News August 24, 2023

New Functionality in CUNY Transfer Explorer

The latest updates to City University of New York (CUNY) and Ithaka S+R’s Transfer Explorer provide learners with more transparent, accessible information on how their prior learning experiences will apply toward degree completion.

Ascendium in the News August 16, 2023

American International College Aims to Stem Region’s Talent Drain

American International College (AIC) is one of 10 institutions benefiting from an Ascendium grant to the Yes We Must Coalition, a group of 42 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities committed to the success of learners from low-income backgrounds. AIC intends to work with area businesses to further understand their needs and prepare learners for careers in the region.

Ascendium in the News August 15, 2023

Why We Need to Pay Attention to Black Adult Learners

Using evidence from a three-year pilot program, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Delaware State University, a historically Black college and university (HBCU), are developing and scaling a new program. The TMCF-DSU Joint Center for HBCU Non-Traditional Completion will help near college completers and adult learners finish their degrees.

Newsletter Article August 14, 2023

Updated Tool Saves Time and Money to Improve Learner Outcomes

The City University of New York (CUNY) and Ithaka S+R have updated their CUNY Transfer Explorer tool. The tool, which allows learners to see how prior learning experiences will apply in the CUNY system, now provides more upfront information to learners, faculty, and staff so they can better plan educational paths. When learners, especially those from low-income backgrounds, have accurate information about how their previous learning and experience will count, they are more likely to complete their program and reach their education goals.

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