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News Release April 15, 2021

Ascendium Education Group Releases 2020 Education Philanthropy Report: Empowering Possibilities

Ascendium Education Group has released its 2020 Education Philanthropy report, Empowering Possibilities. The report tells the story of Ascendium’s philanthropy during an unprecedented time and the tremendous efforts of our grant partners who were able to advance their work despite numerous challenges.

Ascendium in the News April 12, 2021

College Transfer Update: The Slide Continues, Especially for Community Colleges

Ascendium funded the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s COVID-19 transfer report series to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students.

Ascendium in the News April 09, 2021

App State Higher Education Professor Helps Create, Co-Directs Alliance for Research on Rural Colleges

Dr. Andrew Koricich leads the Alliance for Research on Rural Colleges (ARRC), a research collaborative that recently received funding from Ascendium to develop an evidence-based, field-informed definition for a “rural-serving institution.”

News Release April 07, 2021

On the Path to Success: $375,000 in Tools of the Trade Scholarships Awarded by Ascendium Education Group

Ascendium Education Group is pleased to support 250 construction and industrial trade apprentices from 15 Wisconsin Technical Colleges this year as part of the Tools of the Trade Scholarship program. Each apprentice received $1,500 to assist with the cost of equipment, tools and clothing to keep them on the path to success.

Ascendium in the News March 17, 2021

The Edge: Could These New Grants End the Taboo Over Mergers and Partnerships?

Goldie Blumenstyk analyzes the new Transformational Partnerships Fund, designed to help postsecondary institutions better serve students through the exploration of partnerships and collaborations. Ascendium is one of four organizations that have partnered to co-fund this initiative.

Ascendium in the News March 15, 2021

One Way to Speed Up Economic Recovery? Focus on Adult Higher Education

Recommendations from Education Strategy Group’s Rapid Response Toolkit are highlighted as useful approaches to support adult learners in the economic recovery. The toolkit was co-funded by Ascendium and The Kresge Foundation. 

Ascendium in the News February 18, 2021

Seven Rural Community Colleges Join Effort to Boost Student Outcomes

The colleges were selected for Building Resiliency in Rural Communities for the Future of Work, a project of Achieving the Dream supported by Cognizant, JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Walmart Foundation and Ascendium.

Ascendium in the News February 15, 2021

Michigan Community Colleges Receive Grant to Improve Programs Leading to In-Demand Jobs

The Michigan Community College Association has received an Ascendium grant to improve equitable access to and through workforce programs for low-income learners statewide.

Ascendium in the News January 25, 2021

Ascendium Grant Will Help Close Equity Gaps

Ascendium has awarded a grant from its $10 million Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative to the Wisconsin Technical College System to continue its reform efforts and keep each technical college engaged.

Ascendium in the News January 22, 2021

Roundtable Explores the Potential Impact of Pell Grant Restoration for Incarcerated Students

A 26-year ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated learners has been lifted. A recently convened panel discussed the impact of ending the ban for incarcerated learners.

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