Media Partnerships | Ascendium Education Group, Inc. Skip to main content


Media Partnerships

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

MediaPartnershipsHero2x v2


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.

Ascendium Chronicle Partnership

The Chronicle of Higher Education|$230,684|7/2020 - 6/2021
This grant supports The Chronicle of Higher Education in promoting awareness of the issues related to Ascendium’s four focus areas during a year‐long campaign.

Distance Learning in Prisons Amidst the Pandemic

Open Campus Media Inc|$84,950|12/2020 - 2/2021
This grant supports Open Campus in designing and hosting a full day, virtual convening focused on distance learning in postsecondary education in prison. The goal of the convening is to provide stakeholders a forum for robust discussion on the important considerations and practical realities of implementing high quality distance education for incarcerated learners.

Student-Centered Credit Mobility Prototype and Policies

The Aspen Institute Inc|$100,000|7/2020 - 12/2020
This grant supports the Aspen Institute in developing pragmatic guidance for postsecondary institutions on student-centered credit mobility, and developing timely, COVID-context-specific content emphasizing evidence-based practices colleges and universities can adopt that enable seamless transitions between institutions.

National Virtual Professional Learning Series for Math Faculty

University of Texas at Austin|$125,000|5/2020 - 12/2020
This grant supports the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin in developing an intensive, interactive virtual professional learning series for math faculty and delivering it over the summer so that faculty are prepared to provide high-quality learning experiences to students in their fall math courses.

Ascendium-Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

Achieving the Dream Inc|$50,000|5/2019 - 12/2020
This grant supports attendance of at least 20 community college leaders as fellows at the 2019 Achieving the Dream (ATD) Data & Analytics Summit, September 11-13, 2019 and Holistic Student Supports Institute, October 1-4, 2019. ATD will also collect and share the fellows' reflections on their practical next steps and anticipated challenges in implementing their learnings.
View All Ascendium Grants