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Ascendium in the News February 17, 2022

Public, Private Grants Add Momentum to UW System Prison Education Initiative

The University of Wisconsin System’s Prison Education Initiative aims to build degree programs in prisons throughout the state. It’s an example of work in our Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison focus area that aims to remove barriers to academic and career success by helping incarcerated adults gain equitable access to high-quality postsecondary education.

Newsletter Article February 16, 2022

RAND Report Shines a Light on Career Navigators Role in the Carceral Setting

Career navigators help postsecondary learners bridge the gap between their education and career goals. Career navigators who serve incarcerated learners must learn to address the unique challenges facing this population. Ascendium supported the RAND Corporation in evaluating a pilot career navigators program in the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The effort yielded a report that shines a light on the importance of career navigators and documents some valuable lessons for the field, which should be of interest to educators of incarcerated adults, subject matter experts and corrections officials and policymakers.

Newsletter Article February 15, 2022

Ready for Pell Announces 22 New Grant Partners, Representing Diverse Postsecondary Education in Prison Programs

Ascendium and Jobs for the Future are pleased to announce 22 new grant partners for Ascendium’s $4.7 million Ready for Pell postsecondary education in prison initiative. RTI International has been named evaluator and The Council of State Governments (CSG) will provide technical assistance. The diverse cohort of grant partners will incorporate evidence-based best practices as they build out and refine their postsecondary education in prison programs. Results and learnings will be shared widely with the field as incarcerated learners’ access to Pell Grants is restored in the 2023-24 school year.

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 December 03, 2021

UW System Developing Bachelors Degree Program in WI Prisons

The University of Wisconsin System, in partnership with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, is preparing to launch their Prison Education Initiative to offer baccalaureate degrees, competency-based degrees, certificate programs and stackable credentials to incarcerated adults across Wisconsin. Ascendium is helping fund the development of the curriculum and infrastructure for the Prison Education Initiative pilot program so incarcerated adults can have equitable access to high-quality postsecondary education and remove barriers to academic and career success.

News Release October 13, 2021

Ascendium Announces Ready for Pell, a $4.7M Strategic Initiative for Postsecondary Education in Prison

Ascendium Education Group is announcing Ready for Pell, a two-year, $4.7 million strategic initiative to strengthen postsecondary education in prison programs ahead of the restoration of Pell Grants in 2023-24 for learners who are incarcerated.

Ascendium in the News September 09, 2021

The Turning Point

Educational offerings within correctional institutions not only impact incarcerated learners, but also workforce systems and communities. With grant funding from Ascendium, the Iowa Department of Education continues to study barriers and pathways to postsecondary education for incarcerated learners.

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