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Newsletter October 19, 2023

Keith Witham Reflects on the Past Six Months, Ascendium Discusses the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison, and More

  • Keith Witham Reflects on His First Six Months as Vice President of Education Philanthropy
  • Ascendium’s Molly Lasagna and Others Discuss the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison
  • Strategic Media Partnerships Amplify Solutions to Rural Learners’ Challenges
Newsletter Article October 05, 2023

Strategic Media Partnerships Amplify Solutions to Rural Learners’ Challenges

Three recent Ascendium grants support media organizations whose work makes a national impact in rural postsecondary education and workforce training systems. These organizations' reporting is critical to increase public understanding of issues affecting rural learners from low-income backgrounds, amplify rural learners’ voices, and share promising solutions through national media outlets and networks.

Newsletter Article September 27, 2023

Keith Witham Reflects on His First Six Months as Vice President of Education Philanthropy

Halfway through his first year as Vice President of Education Philanthropy, Keith Witham provides an overview of the past six months of Ascendium’s grantmaking. He also looks ahead, reaffirming Ascendium’s commitment to transforming the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds through postsecondary education and workforce training.

Newsletter August 24, 2023

Q&A with UIA’s Bridget Burns, Improving Learner Outcomes with Updated CUNY Transfer Explorer, and More

  • Q&A: UIA’s Bridget Burns on Helping Struggling Students Get Back on Track (Part 1)
  • Updated Tool Saves Time and Money to Improve Learner Outcomes
  • Helping Learners See a Clearer Path: Awareness Continues to Build Around Guided Pathways Framework
Newsletter Article August 16, 2023

Helping Learners See a Clearer Path: Awareness Continues to Build Around Guided Pathways Framework

The guided pathways framework is a whole-college redesign of the student experience that helps learners explore, choose, plan, and complete programs aligned with their education and career goals. It can be especially helpful to learners from low-income backgrounds as it more clearly outlines their program with considerations to efficiency and affordability. As leaders in developing, evaluating, and implementing the guided pathways framework, Community College Research Center (CCRC) continues to build awareness of this targeted reform strategy.

Newsletter July 20, 2023

Evolving Our Team to Better Meet the Needs of Learners, We’re Hiring, and More

  • Changes in Education Philanthropy Support Evolving Needs of Learners from Low-Income Backgrounds
  • New Initiatives Aim to Cut Early Student Dropouts by Increasing Connection
  • Why Supporting Financial Aid Administrators Is Key to Unlocking Opportunities for Incarcerated Learners
Newsletter Article July 13, 2023

Changes in Education Philanthropy Support Evolving Needs of Learners from Low-Income Backgrounds

Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy is adapting our organizational structure to meet the current and future needs of learners from low-income backgrounds. The promotion of two internal leaders to key positions will enhance our grantmaking strategy, tools, and partnerships. We are also hiring a deputy director of education grantmaking to oversee strategic grantmaking pipelines in one or more philanthropic focus areas.

Newsletter June 22, 2023

Support for Evidence-Based Workforce Training Models, New Projects to Help English-Language Learners, and More

  • Targeted Investments Support Expansion of Evidence-Based Workforce Training Models
  • New Projects Examine Barriers for English-Language Learners
  • Recent Resources Show the Value of Good Workforce Training Programs
Newsletter Article May 26, 2023

Recent Resources Show the Value of Good Workforce Training Programs

A college education can be transformative, but it’s not the only route to career success. We’ve rounded up three resources highlighting promising approaches to workforce training that are already working to improve the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter May 18, 2023

Meet Our New Program Officer for Strategic Engagement, Learn How Rural Community Colleges Are Helping Learners, and More

  • Introducing Our New Program Officer for Strategic Engagement, Amy Kuether
  • Rural Community Colleges Utilize Strengths and Assets to Improve Learner Success
  • Perspectives from the Field: Community Colleges Connect Learners to Credentials that Meet Local Workforce Needs

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