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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

Media Partnerships

Our philanthropy amplifies important information across the nation, helping good ideas become systemic change for learners from low-income backgrounds.

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WHY MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS?

High-quality reporting and storytelling are vital for investigating, proposing, and disseminating systemic solutions to challenges faced by learners from low-income backgrounds. When media highlight problems alongside evidence-based solutions, successful practices have the potential to scale up. Media amplification can also encourage individual policymakers, communities, and government agencies to address critical issues in improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes. By framing and amplifying the issues critical to improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes, media partners get important information in front of those who can advocate for and make real, systemic change.

12 total media partners since 2020 and $4,821,034 total invested since 2020.

Learn more about how our media partnerships support learners from low-income backgrounds.

CompetencyXchange Task Force

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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.

UnlockED Feature Documentary

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Unlocked The Film LLC|$204,400|7/2022 - 6/2023
This grant supports Unlocked The Film LLC in creating a documentary film featuring four incarcerated learners’ journeys to create an open-source learning management system they named UnlockED.

Future U. Podcast

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Academic Intelligence|$55,000|9/2022 - 6/2023
As part of Ascendium’s 2022 Strategic Media Partnerships, this grant supports Academic Intelligence’s production of the Future U. podcast series featuring interviews and stories about topics related to removing barriers to success in postsecondary education. The series will include four themed episodes under Ascendium’s direction dedicated to Ascendium’s focus areas and highlighting its grantees.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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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.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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University Innovation Alliance|$436,250|11/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports the University Innovation Alliance and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Informing the Department of Education’s Research and Evaluation Set-Aside

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Institute for Higher Education Policy|$225,000|7/2022 - 3/2023
This grant supports the Institute for Higher Education Policy in crafting recommendations for the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the optimal use of a newly established evaluation set aside for federal higher education programs.
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