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Newsletter April 01, 2022

2021 Education Philanthropy Report: Stronger Together

Ascendium is pleased to announce the availability of our 2021 Education Philanthropy Report, Stronger Together.

Newsletter March 24, 2022

New Education Philanthropy Team Members, Guided Pathways Framework Tool Available and More

  • Ascendium Strengthens Education Philanthropy Team With New Hires
  • AAC&U Publishes Web-Based Tool For Campuses Engaged in Guided Pathways
Newsletter Article March 24, 2022

Ascendium Invests in Projects that Link Postsecondary Education and Workforce Data

The Coleridge Initiative, a grant partner of Ascendium, recently announced 10 teams were selected to participate in their Democratizing our Data Challenge. The challenge was designed to build on successful investments made by government agencies to collaborate, develop and scale tools that inform education and workforce policy. Each team has been working to develop and scale their innovative approaches to understanding employment outcomes for workers and learners from low-income backgrounds. Carrying forward the success and momentum from this first round, applications to participate in the second round of the data challenge are now open.

Newsletter February 24, 2022

Ready for Pell Grant Partners Announced, Ascendium Looks Forward in 2022 and More

  • Ready for Pell Announces 22 New Grant Partners, Representing Diverse Postsecondary Education in Prison Programs
  • Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy Looks Forward in 2022
  • Competency-Based Education Field Guide Launches
Newsletter Article February 11, 2022

Competency-Based Education Field Guide Launches

With grant funding from Ascendium, the Competency-Based Education Network and Kentucky Community and Technical College System explored what it would take to reimagine a systemwide approach to competency-based education (CBE). To advance what was learned through their process, a team documented their activities and developed a comprehensive field guide. Now available, the field guide provides colleges, higher education systems and state education agencies with insight into one system’s planning process to guide their own CBE efforts.

Newsletter Article February 01, 2022

Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy Looks Forward in 2022

Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy is excited to begin another year where we explore new ideas and approaches in support of our mission. We’ll continue funding important work that aims to change postsecondary education and workforce training systems so that more learners from low-income backgrounds can achieve academic and career success. Read more about our aspirations for 2022 across our four focus areas as shared by our Grantmaking team.

Newsletter January 20, 2022

$15.6M in New Grants Approved, Where to Find Information about Our Grants, Ascendium’s New Address and More

  • Ascendium Invests $15.6M in Grants on Degree Completion, Apprenticeship Strategy, Rural Learner Research and More
  • Take a Tour of with Rebecca Villarreal
  • Ascendium Gifts Foster Better Lives Through Education in 2021
Newsletter Article January 11, 2022

Ascendium Invests $15.6M in Grants on Degree Completion, Apprenticeship Strategy, Rural Learner Research and More

Ascendium has approved $15.6 million for 18 new grants focused on a range of subjects, including degree completion, apprenticeship strategy, postsecondary education in prison and the unique needs of rural learners. All are focused on our mission of helping more people from low-income backgrounds reach their academic and career goals. Read on for highlights of the promising new efforts we’re supporting.

Newsletter December 16, 2021

New Partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Our Growing and Evolving Team and More

  • Ascendium Partners with The Chronicle of Higher Education to Prioritize Student Success
  • Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy Team Continues to Grow
Ascendium in the News September 20, 2021

New Report: College Transfers Plunged Last Year, But Highly Selective Institutions Saw Gains

Ascendium and ECMC Foundation funded the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility and Progress Report series to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students. This is the year-end report and analysis for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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