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HBCU Degree Completion Pilot

Exploration
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Inc|$290,950|9/2020 - 8/2023
This grant supports the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in piloting an online college degree completion program for near-completer students at member HBCU Delaware State University in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.

Collective Impact Fund Advancing Good Jobs and Inclusive Economic and Talent Development

Exploration
America Achieves Inc|$500,000|8/2022 - 7/2023
This grant supports America Achieves in providing technical assistance and funder matchmaking to a cohort of regional coalitions as they advance entrepreneurial economic development, good jobs and economic mobility, particularly for rural areas and underrepresented groups.

CompetencyXchange Task Force

Exploration
Competency-Based Education Network|$50,000|10/2022 - 7/2023
This grant supports the Competency Based Education Network in developing a comprehensive agenda to scale implementation of competency-based education across the nation by engaging a coalition of key stakeholders in planning.

Provosts’ Student Success Network

Exploration
American Association of State Colleges and Universities|$1,580,850|10/2019 - 7/2023
This grant supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in developing and delivering guided pathways training for Provosts at access-oriented four-year institutions. A Provosts’ Network for Student Success will create a professional network and set of curriculum equipping leaders to leverage their roles for institutional transformation.

Guided Pathways: “What and How To” Educational Series

Scaling
Teachers College, Columbia University|$1,812,945|9/2020 - 7/2023
This grant supports the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in creating a suite of training materials designed for colleges that have not been well served by existing technical assistance providers in the guided pathways reform movement.

Establishing a Data Use Challenge to Inform Education & Workforce Transitions

Scaling
Coleridge Initiative Inc|$900,000|10/2021 - 7/2023
This grant supports Coleridge Initiative in developing and launching a data use challenge and call for proposals to solicit data-driven ideas that inform education and workforce transitions. Ascendium will select individual data challenge projects to support from a set of proposals submitted by Coleridge Initiative during the grant period. The selected projects will link education and workforce data, provide states the relevant data analysis capacity to answer critical questions about student progression and inform evidence-based policies and practices that support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Accelerating Transfer Reform

Scaling
The Aspen Institute Inc|$1,518,000|7/2021 - 6/2023
This grant supports The Aspen Institute in accelerating transfer reform nationally by activating two- and four-year college leaders and leveraging networks to implement lasting institutional change. This project will scale the adoption of effective practices aimed at improving transfer success for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

Scaling
Achieving the Dream Inc|$2,091,920|7/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports Achieving the Dream and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Assessing the Pandemic's Impact on Postsecondary Education in Prison

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The RAND Corporation|$303,592|12/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports The RAND Corporation in assessing the near- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on postsecondary education in prison. Promising practices and responses to the pandemic that are being employed by corrections, colleges and universities, and postsecondary practitioners will be identified and disseminated to the field and key stakeholders.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

Scaling
American Association of Colleges and Universities|$1,848,800|8/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports the Association of American Colleges and Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.