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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

All Grants

Bringing to Scale and Measuring the Effects of Guided Pathways Reforms by Ohio’s Community Colleges

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Teachers College, Columbia University|$1,910,223|11/2018 - 10/2021
This grant supports Teachers College at Columbia University in studying and disseminating learnings from the implementation of guided pathways reforms at Ohio’s public two-year institutions.

Strengthening Guided Pathways through Workforce

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Aspen Institute Inc|$1,089,700|10/2019 - 9/2021
This grant supports The Aspen Institute in operationalizing the Ascendium-funded Workforce Playbook by engaging community college leaders in a variety of contexts through additional curricular materials and embedding the Workforce Playbook into the existing guided pathways framework.

College and Student Success in Rural Communities

Validation
University of Wisconsin-Madison|$191,765|6/2020 - 9/2021
This grant supports the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Student Success Through Applied Research Lab in completing an analysis of demographic shifts in rural communities and college enrollment trends in rural places facing the greatest demographic shifts. This research will uncover new insights into rural college opportunity and access and will help education leaders and other stakeholders identify practical ways colleges can successfully navigate and respond to these increasing demographic challenges.

Strengthening Completion Pathways and Ensuring Students are Learning

Exploration
Association of American Colleges & Universities|$866,939|1/2019 - 8/2021
This grant supports the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in creating resources and tools to assist institutions that are implementing guided pathways reforms at scale. AAC&U is working with 20 community colleges to field test a framework for ensuring student learning on a program pathway.

Strategic Finance and Student Completion Planning Grant

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National Association of College and University Business Officers|$1,158,288|5/2020 - 7/2021
This grant supports the National Association of College and University Business Officers in creating a community of practice among leading college and university chief financial officers. The resulting network will be poised to conduct research, implementation and dissemination of strategic finance models that drive equitable student success.

Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project

Exploration
Alliance for Higher Education in Prison|$925,000|7/2019 - 6/2021
This grant supports the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison in building a national database of higher education in prison programs and associated data.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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American Association of State Colleges and Universities|$1,666,060|7/2020 - 6/2021
As part of Ascendium’s Maintain Momentum initiative, this grant supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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Achieving the Dream Inc|$1,441,020|7/2020 - 6/2021
As part of Ascendium’s Maintain Momentum initiative, this grant supports Achieving the Dream, Inc. and its network colleges in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.

Digital Learning Task Force and Policy Recommendations

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State Higher Education Executive Officers Association|$250,000|8/2020 - 6/2021
As part of Ascendium’s COVID-19 Response Fund initiative, this grant supports the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association in developing an understanding of the nationwide shift to remote teaching and learning, what is working and what isn’t - particularly for marginalized students - and using the information to make policy recommendations to both reduce inequitable impacts of online learning and promote quality.

Completion Grants

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University Innovation Alliance|$1,999,998|8/2017 - 6/2021
This grant supports the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) in developing, piloting, and integrating retention programs at each of the 11 UIA member campuses. The funding assists students who are approaching graduation but face financial hurdles restricting their ability to enroll, persist and complete their postsecondary education.