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Ascendium in the News November 08, 2020

Why Equity in Transfer and Why Now?

Data clearly show equity gaps in student transfer rates. This fact, coupled with the national spotlight on systemic racism, has prompted the launch of the Equity Transfer Initiative, a two-year project funded by Ascendium Education Group and ECMC Foundation. The overall goal of the project is to ensure total alignment of at least five programs between two- and four-year institutions that lead to employment.

Ascendium in the News October 27, 2020

How the Pandemic is Affecting College Student Transfers

Ascendium and the ECMC Foundation are supporting a new research series steered by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Nine reports will be created and will provide up-to-date information about how the pandemic is affecting student success and completion rates.

News Release October 21, 2020

Second Round of Maintain Momentum Grants Announced

New grants to the Association of American Colleges & Universities, the National College Attainment Network and the Yes We Must Coalition bring initiative totals over $4.5 million.

Ascendium in the News October 16, 2020

UNCF Awarded $1.9 Million Ascendium Grant to Improve Academic and Career Outcomes of HBCU Students

Eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities will share funds from a two-year grant awarded to the United Negro College Fund to continue an important initiative to increase student success outcomes.

Ascendium in the News September 29, 2020

Higher Ed’s Most Successful Failure

For students struggling with hardship, community college support programs designed to help them stay on track can make a huge difference in whether they complete their degree. This article advocates for support programs and the replication of them throughout America, using the CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), which Ascendium funded the replication of, as an example of why it works.

Ascendium in the News September 16, 2020

Report Details Framework for Gathering Data on Higher Ed in Prison

There is a national need to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) of student success for higher education in prison programs, and a report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy explores how to use those KPIs to identify and benchmark those programs. This important work was supported by a grant from Ascendium.

Spotlight September 15, 2020

Supporting Success: The Higher Education in Prison Key Performance Indicator Framework

The much-anticipated release of IHEP’s report on key performance indicators establishes a set of metrics to collect data to help the field better understand and improve incarcerated student outcomes. Read more about Ascendium’s interest in funding this report.

Spotlight August 19, 2020

Data Project Will Clarify COVID-19's Impact on Equity in College Transfer

Ascendium's project with the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center will provide much-needed, near-real time data on college student transfers in the COVID-19 era

Ascendium in the News August 11, 2020

A New Initiative Supports Rural Community Colleges

Education Design Lab has received a grant from Ascendium to help five community colleges improve college access and better meet local workforce needs. The nonprofit will start by researching challenges facing rural community colleges, students and communities, and then select five institutions to study and test out models for bolstering economic opportunity.

Ascendium in the News August 08, 2020

Ascendium Issues Grants to Help Orgs Continue Their Ed Improvement Programs

Two organizations have received grants from Ascendium as part of its “Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative.” Funding will be used to help member institutions continue serving students with the greatest financial need, and provide coaching packages for community colleges and program support.

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