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Supporting the Success of the Second Chance Pell Program in Five States

Exploration
Vera Institute of Justice Inc|$180,000|6/2018 - 11/2019
This grant supports the Vera Institute of Justice in its work at eight college prison programs to pinpoint priority improvement areas and develop plans for a two-year technical assistance engagement aimed at helping programs move more students toward degree completion, connect to reentry pathways and obtain employment.

Ascendium-Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

Scaling
Teachers College, Columbia University|$58,200|11/2019 - 11/2019
This grant supports attendance of 14 community college practitioners and developmental educators as fellows at the 2019 conference of the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. Educators, policymakers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders attending this conference will discuss the latest research in the field and come away with a clearer sense of how states and institutions can better support students on the path to college and career success.

Ascendium-Sponsored Convening Fund

Scaling
Excelencia in Education Inc|$55,000|10/2019 - 11/2019
This grant supports a convening of ten institutional teams at Excelencia in Education’s Alignment Institute to examine alignment of institution’s data and leadership strategies to develop a framework for serving their Latino students.

Accelerated Study in Association Programs-Ohio replication

Validation
MDRC|$5,000,000|9/2014 - 8/2019
This grant supports MDRC in implementing and evaluating a replication of the ASAP program model at three community colleges in Ohio to determine the scalability of the approach, one of the most effective interventions for increasing graduation rates among low-income community college students with developmental education needs.

Coaching Model Transformation

Scaling
Achieving the Dream Inc|$1,000,000|8/2016 - 7/2019
This grant supports Achieving the Dream in transitioning its current coaching model to a customized coaching and strategic assistance service for community colleges seeking to increase student access and retention.

Labor Market Playbook

Scaling
The Aspen Institute Inc|$368,000|6/2017 - 7/2019
This grant supports The Aspen Institute in creating a set of tools to help community colleges improve students’ labor market outcomes through replicable, evidence-based practices and strategies for strengthening employer collaboration.

Career Ready Internship Grant-Four-year institution program evaluation

Validation
MDRC|$413,999|4/2016 - 6/2019
This grant supports MDRC in evaluating Ascendium's Career Ready Internship program. MDRC will analyze data from each of the 33 CRI sites and conducting student and employer surveys to assess impact on student persistence and experience, college-employer relationships, program implementation and scale and sustainability.

The Finish Line: Graduation by Design

Exploration
MDRC|$911,349|5/2017 - 4/2019
This grant supports MDRC in designing, implementing and evaluating an intervention aimed at improving college completion by applying behavioral insights to increase the number of credits students complete each semester.

New Mathways Arkansas Scaling Project

Scaling
The Charles A. Dana Center|$599,994|5/2016 - 4/2019
This grant supports the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin in helping Arkansas colleges replace existing math education models with new pathways aligned to meet the requirements of a student’s program of study. The project will work at the state level to address policy and practice barriers while also equipping colleges for change.

Enhancing the Reverse Transfer of Credit Pathway

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National Student Clearinghouse Research Center|$300,000|11/2017 - 4/2019
This grant supports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in improving and expanding institutional use of its reverse transfer platform to retroactively award degrees earned by students before they left college.