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Newsletter Article October 24, 2022

Caring Campus Makes Student Success Everyone’s Business, With Promising Results

Despite mounting evidence pointing to the crucial role nonacademic staff play in removing cultural barriers to success, large-scale efforts to improve retention at community colleges and elsewhere typically focus little direct attention on interpersonal interactions between students and staff. That’s where Caring Campus comes in. Developed and administered by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), the program engages faculty and nonacademic staff in building a culture of belonging, with promising results.

Newsletter October 20, 2022

New Investments Total $17 Million+ for Dev Ed Reform, Rural Workforce Training, Skills Training Programs and More

  • Investments in Dev Ed Reform, Rural Workforce Training Among $17 Million+ in Recently Approved Grants
  • Merit America Skills Training Programs Generate Upward Socioeconomic Mobility
Newsletter Article October 07, 2022

Investments in Dev Ed Reform, Rural Workforce Training Among $17 Million+ in Recently Approved Grants

Ascendium recently approved nine new grants totaling over $17 million. These grants support a range of initiatives designed to help learners from low-income backgrounds, including developmental education reform, expanding pathways to upwardly mobile careers in information technology and the scaling of proven strategies to improve transfer outcomes.

Newsletter September 22, 2022

New COVID-19 Transfer Data Findings, the Impact of Media Grant Partners on Inequity and More

  • COVID-19 Transfer Data Reveals Trends that Can Inform Equity and Student Success Policies
  • Engaging with Media Showcases Grant Partners’ Positive Impact on Inequity
  • Are You Interested in a Student-Centered Partnership?
Newsletter Article August 30, 2022

Helpful Resources for Institutions Seeking Funding Under the College Completion Fund for Postsecondary Student Success

Know any Historically Black Colleges or Universities, Tribal Colleges or Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions or other Minority-Serving Institutions seeking funding under the U.S. Department of Education’s new College Completion Fund for Postsecondary Student Success? The briefs in MDRC’s College Completion Strategy Guide summarize the research on strategies to increase college completion and should prove useful in completing the application before the Oct. 11 deadline.

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 08, 2022

Hold Up: What We Do and Don’t Know About the Impact of Holds on Postsecondary Student Success

Policy changes at institutions, systems and states are curtailing the use of transcript holds. These types of holds can be detrimental to student success. However, there are other types of administrative holds that colleges can impose on students who are still enrolled (e.g., a registration block for an incomplete immunization record, an unpaid library fine or poor academic standing). The impact of these varied holds, especially on learners from low-income backgrounds, requires further examination to be understood.

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 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

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