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News Release September 07, 2022

Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success

Now accepting applications for action-oriented research projects that address gaps in evidence for rural learner postsecondary education and workforce success.

Newsletter Article August 23, 2022

Program Officer Perspectives: Kirstin Yeado Reflects on Rural Guided Pathways Work

This June, Kirstin Yeado, a program officer in Ascendium’s Support Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training focus area, traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first institute of the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement Rural Guided Pathways Project. Yeado shares her reflections from this institute, which was supported via a grant from Ascendium.

Newsletter August 18, 2022

A Pivotal Time for Postsecondary Education in Prison, the Impact of Administrative Holds on Student Success and More

  • Q&A: Molly Lasagna on the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison Ahead of Pell Restoration
  • Hold Up: What We Do and Don’t Know about the Impact of Holds on Postsecondary Student Success
  • Congratulations to 10 Exemplary Community Colleges in the Running for 2023 Aspen Prize
Newsletter Article August 18, 2022

Data Tools Help Stakeholders Identify and Support Rural and Rural Serving Institutions

Defining and identifying institutions that support rural learners nationwide has long been challenging. Recently, Ascendium funded two projects resulting in publicly available, interactive data tools that do this. One identifies diverse institutional settings in which rural learners are enrolled. The other identifies a metric that accounts for institutions that are attended by rural learners and deliver rural-focused programs regardless of whether they are in a rural location. Together, these projects help stakeholders to advance their understanding of diverse, rural learners and aid in resource allocation to address the growing economic gaps between rural and non-rural communities and to help rural learners succeed.

Newsletter July 21, 2022

Ascendium Grows its Team to Further Our Grantmaking, Bringing Together Rural College Leaders and More

  • Education Philanthropy Positions Will Enhance Evidence Based Grantmaking, Translate Evidence to Insights and Enrich Strategic Connections
  • Learning Communities Bring Together Rural College Leaders
  • Proposals Still Being Accepted for Fund for Workforce Equity
Newsletter Article July 18, 2022

Education Philanthropy Positions Will Enhance Evidence Based Grantmaking, Translate Evidence to Insights and Enrich Strategic Connections

Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy is hiring for three mission-critical positions. These roles underscore our commitment to evidence-based grantmaking and will deepen our capacity to tell essential stories that amplify partners’ important work. This growth will also advance Ascendium’s thought leadership in the fields in which we operate and bolster our ability to share insights with those best positioned to improve outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article July 07, 2022

Learning Communities Bring Together Rural College Leaders

Since early 2020, leaders at rural community colleges have been meeting virtually to discuss ways their institutions could be better prepared to meet the challenges of learners and communities as they emerge from the COVID-19 health crisis. Convened through National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII) and with grant funding from Ascendium, briefs created through the Rural Leader Learning Community remain helpful resources and tools for rural community colleges as they navigate pandemic challenges. Additionally, conversations from the initial learning community have laid the foundation for NCII to convene a new cohort of colleges focused on rural guided pathways implementation.

Newsletter June 23, 2022

Read About Our New Team Supporting Incarcerated Learners, Help Us Shape Our Future Communications and More

  • Introducing Our New Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison Team
  • Help Us Evolve Our Communications
  • Informed Self-Placement Engages Students in the College Placement Process, With Encouraging Results
Ascendium in the News May 19, 2022

We’re Finally Making Progress Supporting Rural Tech – We Can Do So Much More

According to a report from the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI), nearly 60% of rural Americans are interested in tech jobs and careers. CORI continues to push for investments in rural America to ensure rural learners have the opportunity for socioeconomic growth in the digital age.

Newsletter May 19, 2022

Over $11M in New Grants, Innovative Reentry Campus Program Delivery, New Education Philanthropy Team Member and More

  • Over $11 Million Invested in Grants to Support Community College Student Success, Postsecondary Completion and More
  • Reentry Campus Program Takes Innovative Approach to Delivering Postsecondary Education in Prison
  • Education Philanthropy Team Welcomes New Hire with Community College System Expertise

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