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Sharing knowledge is at the heart of our mission. Explore Ascendium’s growing library of publications that examine the complex challenges facing postsecondary learners, and how we’re helping our partners address them.

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Mapping Rural Colleges Tool
January 2022

Mapping Rural Colleges Tool

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab completed their Mapping Rural Colleges project, funded by Ascendium. This project builds on research previously conducted by the SSTAR Lab and publicly available data to generate foundational, robust research about the state of rural postsecondary education and create an interactive data tool. This data tool aims to be a resource providing a more comprehensive view of rural postsecondary education for education leaders, researchers, practitioners and national networks exploring how to respond to demographic and enrollment shifts in rural institutions and communities.
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Mapping Rural Colleges and Their Communities
January 2022

Mapping Rural Colleges and Their Communities

This report provides new insights into demographic and economic indicators on rural areas, rural college enrollment trends and rural college communities to broaden how rural education is viewed and spark new questions. The report also provides an interactive data tool that is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Student Success Through Applied Research Lab project, funded by Ascendium. This report and its accompanying data tool aim to help researchers and policymakers more accurately portray rural areas and colleges to inform, expand and ultimately improve educational opportunities and outcomes in rural areas.
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Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson
December 2021

Mapping Postsecondary Providers with Nicholas Hillman (Part VIII)

The final segment of an eight-part Rural Matters podcast series, sponsored by Ascendium, features the work of University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Nicholas Hillman and his colleagues at the Student Success Through Applied Research Lab. Hillman discusses his current research efforts and goals to map rural-located postsecondary providers, providing a deeper understanding of rural institutions and learners.
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IEBC Six Behavioral
December 2021

Caring Campus Faculty Top Six Behavioral Commitments

The Institute for Evidence-Based Change’s Caring Campus approach is based on faculty identifying behavioral commitments to implement intentionally and campus-wide at their colleges. This summary presents the six most common behavioral commitments among institutions adopting the Caring Campus approach. Ascendium supported development of this guide for in-person and virtual environments.
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Landscape of Higher Ed
December 2021

The Landscape of Higher Education in Prison 2019-2020

This report from the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison, partially funded by Ascendium, is the second annual data report on the Annual Survey of Higher Education in Prison Programs. It is the basis for the National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs. The Directory serves as a comprehensive resource for people seeking information about college in prison programs. It helps the field answer key questions about these programs and is a point of reference for advocates working to expand access to postsecondary education in prison.
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National Directory of Higher Ed
December 2021

National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs

Ascendium co-funded this interactive directory from the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison that collects descriptive data to help the field answer key questions about postsecondary education in prison (PEP) programs. The Directory includes statistics about PEP programs (by region or state); facility location and participating academic institutions; and a list view of all programs. With data collected from annual surveys on postsecondary education prison programs, the Directory now includes data from the 2019-2020 academic year.
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Who Is First Gen
December 2021

Who Is a First-Generation Student?

This report from The Chronicle of Higher Education shares information about first-generation students, why supporting them is important, the challenges they face and how colleges can better support them. This is part of a yearlong effort to explore the challenges institutions face today and raise up the successful and innovative approaches needed to maintain progress in enrolling, retaining and graduating students. Ascendium supports The Chronicle of Higher Education’s initiative to guide institutions to make actionable changes that will remove barriers students face today and prioritize student success.
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Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson
November 2021

Building Transfer and Career Pathways with Erica Orians and Lia Wetzstein (Part VII)

Building transfer and career pathways for rural learners is a key issue for rural communities. The seventh in an eight-part podcast series from Rural Matters, sponsored by Ascendium, features discussions with two experts. This episode covers a range of topics from important issues in transferring between colleges, lessons learned from the COVID-19 health crisis, a STEM transfer partnership project and ideas on improving rural student transfer success.
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CCRC oh the places
November 2021

Guided Pathways Workshop Series: Goal-Oriented Program Onboarding Redesign

The Community College Research Center produced this workshop curriculum and support material for colleges that have not been well served by existing technical assistance providers in the guided pathways reform movement. Funded by Ascendium’s Guided Pathways What and How To Educational Series grant, the suite of materials includes a facilitator’s guide and a customizable presentation, one-page overview, samples and activities.
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MappingCommCollegeBacc
November 2021

Mapping the Community College Baccalaureate

New America is creating the first national database on Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) programs. Partially funded by Ascendium, this database will help policymakers and institutional leaders better understand CCBs. This brief provides data visualization to offer a first step towards documenting the types of degrees, program areas and geographic concentration of CCB programs.
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Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson
November 2021

Postsecondary Partnerships in Rural America with Sheila Martin, Dakota Pawlicki, and Gretchen Schmidt (Part VI)

This episode is the sixth in an eight-part podcast series from Rural Matters and sponsored by Ascendium. It features discussions with three expert guests on the challenges and opportunities involved in building and sustaining postsecondary partnerships in rural America.
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bucking the trend
October 2021

Bucking the Trend: How Some Institutions Grew Their Transfer Enrollment Amid a Pandemic

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center found that close to 200,000 fewer students transferred between colleges in the 2020-21 academic year than in the previous year. However, not all colleges saw steep declines in transfer enrollment. With funding from Ascendium and ECMC Foundation, the NSC Research Center continues to explore the data, with this guest authored report offering insights into how some colleges were actually able to grow their transfer enrollment in 2020-21.
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