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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

Resource Library

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.

Resources

Profiling Six Next Generation Sector Partnerships
March 2021

Profiling Six Next Generation Sector Partnerships

This new report by Next Generation Sector Partnerships documents the lifecycle of six unique partnerships across the U.S. as they worked to align education, workforce and economic development needs of their regional economies. With funding support from Ascendium, these profiles and framework are intended to add to the growing set of tools available for public and private partners.
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From Reconnection to Graduation Meeting the Needs
February 2021

From Reconnection to Graduation: Meeting the Needs of Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges

The College System of Tennessee analyzed re-enrollment, transfer and completion patterns for 113,000 of its learners who reconnected with its community colleges. This Ascendium-funded working paper identifies four distinct reconnector groups and includes research and action steps for institutions to consider.
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February 2021

The Expanding Role of Colleges in Prison Education

Ascendium supported a national survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education of over 750 college administrators and faculty members to learn more about potential opportunities and challenges of expanding postsecondary education in prison programs. Now, with a recent vote to reverse a 25-year ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated learners, more incarcerated people will have access to federal resources for postsecondary education in prison programs. How will colleges respond?
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rural higher education
February 2021

Rural Higher Education: Realities & Opportunities

These reports by MDRC are a special supplement to a series of four Rural Matters podcasts which were funded by Ascendium. Offered in these reports are ideas and recommendations for education professionals and policymakers to boost success for postsecondary education and workforce training in rural areas, along with links to listen to the original podcasts.
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Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education A Rural Pacific Learning Tour
January 2021

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: A Rural Pacific Learning Tour

This Ascendium funded report lays out findings and insights gleaned from focus groups of students who live in and/or attend college in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. The information sheds light on how these rural institutions, students and communities have fared – both prior to the global pandemic and now.
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December 2020

The Landscape of Higher Education in Prison Programs 2018-2019

This Ascendium-funded report from the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison collects base-level descriptive data to help the field answer key questions about postsecondary education in prison (PEP) programs and is the basis for the National Directory of HEP programs. Report includes data on statistics about PEP programs (by region or state); facility location and participating academic institutions; and a list view of all programs.
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December 2020

National Directory of Higher Education in Prison Programs

This Ascendium-funded, interactive directory from the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison collects base-level 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.
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COVID 19 TRANSFER MOBILITY AND PROGRESS Fall 2020 Final Report
December 2020

COVID-19 TRANSFER, MOBILITY, AND PROGRESS Fall 2020 Final Report

As the second in the series, this follow-up report updates the results from the COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility and Progress First Look Fall 2020 report that depicted student mobility as of September 24, 2020. As the fall semester is nearing its end, with more colleges reporting as of November 19, 2020, this report provides a more complete picture of the fall 2020 student transfer patterns that are attributable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Strong Start to Finish Resource Library
December 2020

Strong Start to Finish Resource Library

The Strong Start to Finish resource library disseminates a variety of resources including research papers and “how-to” documents to practitioners in the field as they work to implement reforms. Here you’ll find some of the collective knowledge from this project. This resource library is supported with funding from Ascendium.
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Comprehensive Approaches to Increasing Student Completion
November 2020

Comprehensive Approaches to Increasing Student Completion in Higher Education: A Survey of the Landscape

This Ascendium-sponsored paper describes the challenge of college non-completion in the U.S. and a variety of explanations for the high rate of non-completion. This is complemented with an overview of evidence from eight specific college completion interventions designed to increase college completion and the potential to replicate these programs and deliver them at scale.
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Beyond Articulation Agreements Five Student Centered
November 2020

Beyond Articulation Agreements: Five Student-Centered Principles to Improve Transfer

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing millions of students to reconsider their educational plans, a development that’s likely to increase the number of students transferring among institutions in the years ahead. This Ascendium-sponsored report examines new approaches colleges can use with articulation agreements to improve transfer practice and policy.
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Building Momentum Using Guided Pathways to Redesign the Student Experience
November 2020

Building Momentum: Using Guided Pathways to Redesign the Student Experience

This report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement, with support from Ascendium, seeks to understand how students are experiencing the developing Guided Pathways movement, asking questions like “Where are we making progress in transforming the student experience?” and “Where is attention still needed?”
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