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Ascendium in the News July 27, 2021

A Recommendation to ‘Reset,’ Not ‘Fix,’ Broken Transfer System

The Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board released a report on rethinking the traditional focus on transfer to address the need for a modern, student-centered transfer system through changes in federal, state and higher education policies. The board collaborated with the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, HCM Strategist and Sova Solutions to produce this report promoting transfer policy reform. Ascendium supports the Aspen Institute's transfer efforts through our focus area to streamline key learner transitions.

News Release April 15, 2021

Ascendium Education Group Releases 2020 Education Philanthropy Report: Empowering Possibilities

Ascendium Education Group has released its 2020 Education Philanthropy report, Empowering Possibilities. The report tells the story of Ascendium’s philanthropy during an unprecedented time and the tremendous efforts of our grant partners who were able to advance their work despite numerous challenges.

Ascendium in the News April 12, 2021

College Transfer Update: The Slide Continues, Especially for Community Colleges

Ascendium funded the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s COVID-19 transfer report series to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students.

News Release April 07, 2021

On the Path to Success: $375,000 in Tools of the Trade Scholarships Awarded by Ascendium Education Group

Ascendium Education Group is pleased to support 250 construction and industrial trade apprentices from 15 Wisconsin Technical Colleges this year as part of the Tools of the Trade Scholarship program. Each apprentice received $1,500 to assist with the cost of equipment, tools and clothing to keep them on the path to success.

Ascendium in the News March 15, 2021

One Way to Speed Up Economic Recovery? Focus on Adult Higher Education

Recommendations from Education Strategy Group’s Rapid Response Toolkit are highlighted as useful approaches to support adult learners in the economic recovery. The toolkit was co-funded by Ascendium and The Kresge Foundation. 

Ascendium in the News February 15, 2021

Michigan Community Colleges Receive Grant to Improve Programs Leading to In-Demand Jobs

The Michigan Community College Association has received an Ascendium grant to improve equitable access to and through workforce programs for low-income learners statewide.

Ascendium in the News January 21, 2021

Partnerships Selected for Equity Transfer Initiative

Sixteen partnerships from 13 states representing 17 community colleges and 19 universities will participate in the Equity Transfer Initiative. This initiative aims to increase transfer rates for African-American, Hispanic, adult and first-generation learners through transfer coaching support.

Ascendium in the News December 21, 2020

Colleges See Steep Decline In Student Transfers During Pandemic

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s second COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress Report reveals a steep decline in student transfer and mobility this fall.

Spotlight November 13, 2020

Grant Explores How to Take Competency-Based Education to a System Level

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Foundation is launching a yearlong planning project to research what it would take to implement a competency-based education platform at scale within its general education, career, technical and workforce training programs. Ascendium’s investment of $614,000 supports the project under our grantmaking focus area Streamline Key Learner Transitions.

Ascendium in the News November 08, 2020

Why Equity in Transfer and Why Now?

Data clearly show equity gaps in student transfer rates. This fact, coupled with the national spotlight on systemic racism, has prompted the launch of the Equity Transfer Initiative, a two-year project funded by Ascendium Education Group and ECMC Foundation. The overall goal of the project is to ensure total alignment of at least five programs between two- and four-year institutions that lead to employment.

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