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Newsletter April 20, 2023

Lifting Up Postsecondary Education in Prison During Second Chance Month and More

  • It’s Time to Change the Way We Think About Incarcerated Learners
  • Three Takeaways from RAND Corporation’s Report: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Education
  • Record Number of Wisconsin Apprentices Receive Tools of the Trade Scholarships
Newsletter March 23, 2023

Keith Witham Named New Vice President - Education Philanthropy, Q&A with AHEP’s Ved Price and More

  • A Message from Our New Vice President - Education Philanthropy, Keith Witham
  • Q&A: AHEP’s Ved Price on the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison Programs
  • Grant Partners Selected for Building Evidence to Increase Rural Learner Success
Newsletter February 16, 2023

Over $69 Million in New Grants, the Learning and Impact Team Welcomes Jessa Valentine and More

  • $69 Million+ in New Grants Highlighted by Investments in Job Pathways, Partnerships and More
  • Jessa Valentine Joins Learning and Impact Team
  • CORI Research on Digital Skilling is Put into Practice
Ascendium in the News February 16, 2023

Coalition of 15 Research Universities Awarded Grant to Boost Student Success in Key Courses

At most campuses, large, introductory courses typically have the highest DFW rates – ­the percentage of students who receive grades of D or F, or withdraw from a course. The University Innovation Alliance is engaging over 1,000 students in a study to address significant pandemic-driven increases in these rates.

Newsletter Article January 31, 2023

$69 Million+ in New Grants Highlighted by Investments in Job Pathways, Partnerships and More

Ascendium’s philanthropy is off to a fast start in 2023 with the recent approval of 34 grants totaling over $69 million. Included in these grants is support for initiatives to connect learners from low-income backgrounds with good jobs, strengthen conditions for partnerships to emerge between colleges and employers, invest in high-quality postsecondary education in prison systems and more.

Newsletter January 19, 2023

Trends We’re Watching in 2023, Promising IT Career Training Pathways for Learners and More

  • Postsecondary Education Trends We’re Watching in 2023
  • Investing in IT Career Training Pathways Shows Promise for Adult Learners
  • Partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education Elevates Learner Voices
Newsletter Article January 11, 2023

Postsecondary Education Trends We’re Watching in 2023

With 2022 in the rear view, Ascendium has kicked off the new year with optimism and excitement. We’ll continue to work closely with our grant partners and will be watching several postsecondary education trends in 2023. Future grant opportunities may be informed by the trends we see, especially if they connect to our goal of fostering upward mobility for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter December 15, 2022

A Farewell Message from Amy Kerwin

  • A Personal Message from Amy Kerwin
  • Reflections on Visiting Sing Sing, Plus Resources That Center Incarcerated Learners
  • Fund for Workforce Equity Organizations Selected
Newsletter November 17, 2022

Partnerships Help Offer Rural Learners In-Demand Career Credentials, Promising Caring Campus Results and More

  • Local and Online Postsecondary Education Providers Partner to Offer In-Demand Career Credentials in Rural Areas
  • Caring Campus Makes Student Success Everyone’s Business, With Promising Results
Ascendium in the News November 10, 2022

Biotechnology Industry Gets a Boost from Community College Degrees

Although bachelor's degrees are traditionally earned at four-year institutions, 25 states have authorized community colleges to offer affordable bachelor's degrees. This expands opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds to achieve their career goals. In California, MiraCosta College has launched the nation’s first biomanufacturing bachelor’s degree. It’s partnerships with the industry ensure graduates are prepared to meet the workforce needs of Fortune 500 companies in biotechnology.

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