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