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Ascendium in the News January 31, 2022

New Group Looks to Redefine Rural Higher Education Policy

The Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC) unveiled a new mapping tool that identifies rural-serving postsecondary institutions. ARRC researchers believe policymakers can use this resource to better understand rural postsecondary education.

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 Ascendiumphilanthropy.org with Rebecca Villarreal
  • Ascendium Gifts Foster Better Lives Through Education in 2021
Newsletter Article January 12, 2022

Insights about Rural Institutions, Learners and Communities Uncovered by Digging Through the Data

When data from multiple sources are stored in multiple places, it can be hard to gain any insights from their analysis. This is especially true for data about rural institutions and learners as the data that does exist are often scattered in different places. With funding from Ascendium, Dr. Nick Hillman and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab poured through several publicly available federal data sources and then merged them. The end result — two new resources that aim to help education leaders and policymakers better understand the geography of rural-located institutions and learners.

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 November 02, 2021

150 Colleges Eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute has announced that 150 community colleges are eligible to compete for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Ascendium’s support for the Aspen Prize aligns with our mission to elevate opportunity for learners from low-income backgrounds and acknowledges the critical role community and technical colleges play in providing pathways to academic and career success.

Ascendium in the News October 05, 2021

CivicLab Receives $750,000 Grant

A recent grant from Ascendium to CivicLab is making a new education and workforce initiative possible. Through the initiative, several rural community collaboratives will receive funding and technical assistance to strengthen postsecondary education and workforce development systems.

Ascendium in the News June 30, 2021

Colleges’ Changing Roles in Rural Communities

Rural community colleges are being recognized by Education Design Lab for un-tapped potential and emerging engines of growth in their local communities. Education Design Lab recently received funding from Ascendium to complete a three-year design challenge to develop and pilot transformative new programs for rural learners from low-income backgrounds and their communities.

Ascendium in the News June 29, 2021

Remote and Rural

The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges, supported by Ascendium, is providing rural Maine students with a free training program on remote work. As industries move towards increasing remote work options, this program aims to break down barriers for learners from low-income backgrounds living in rural Maine by preparing them for and gaining access to more remote work opportunities.

Ascendium in the News June 03, 2021

Maine Community Colleges, Nonprofits Launch $1.2M Effort to Train Remote Workers

Ascendium and other co-funders are supporting Maine’s seven community colleges to provide free training for up to 700 rural learners to prepare them for remote work jobs.

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