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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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July 2021

BRIDGES Rural Design Insights, PART 1: Understanding the Potential of Rural Community College Learners

Education Design Lab received funding from Ascendium to complete a three-year design challenge aimed at developing transformative new models that improve education and career outcomes for rural learners and their communities. This brief offers insights used to develop new models for rural community colleges to serve as critical economic growth engines. Education Design Lab's efforts are supported by Ascendium in line with our focus area to support rural postsecondary education and workforce training.
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July 2021

Back to Basics: Quality in Digital Learning

The COVID-19 health crisis posed many challenges for learners, particularly for those from low-income backgrounds. New America, in collaboration with State Higher Education Executive Officer's Association and supported by Ascendium, brings to light recommendations for policy changes focused on online learning to make it more equitable and higher quality for learners from low-income backgrounds.
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July 2021

Rural Community College Leader Series

The COVID-19 health crisis hit rural community colleges hard, but leadership at those institutions quickly began to focus on solutions. The Rural Leader Learning Community, created by the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement and funded by Ascendium, developed a series of briefs that explore how rural community colleges can best support learners from low-income backgrounds after the COVID-19 health crisis.
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How Flexible Courses Promote Access and Success
June 2021

How Flexible Courses Promote Access and Success for Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges

The Tennessee Board of Regents - The College System of Tennessee, supported by Ascendium, launched Pathways to Success for Students with Some College, No Degree, a TBR project focused on paving the path to success for returning adult students at the state’s community and technical colleges. This working paper presents evidence that flexibility in course scheduling, locations and modality results in increased course success rates for returning adult students.
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From Crisis to Recovery Federal State
June 2021

From Crisis to Recovery: Federal, State, and Institutional Recommendations for Higher Education

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association and New America partnered to develop a greater understanding of how the shift to remote teaching and learning impacted marginalized students. This report, developed with support from Ascendium, is aimed towards federal, state and institutional policymakers and provides recommendations to ensure a robust recovery as learning transitions back to in-person.
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How Ohio Community Colleges Are Using Guided Pathways to Personalize Student Support
June 2021

How Ohio Community Colleges Are Using Guided Pathways to Personalize Student Support

This report, supported by Ascendium, examines innovative ways Ohio community colleges are providing personalized student supports within the guided pathways model. The report finds that personalizing universal supports has the potential to increase equity by better recognizing and meeting the needs of underrepresented students, a step towards reducing structural barriers to their success.
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Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson
June 2021

Rural Higher Education & Student Voice with Meghan McCann, Desiree Jones-Smith, William Hendon and Matthew Vishino (Part II)

The second in an eight-part series from Rural Matters and sponsored by Ascendium, this episode includes discussion on how to best support rural learners using insight gained from a recent Education Commission of the States report and through the Aspen Rural Community College Success Initiative. Two community college students also share how postsecondary education has transformed their lives.
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Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson
June 2021

Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson, Chad Brown, Angel Reyna and Jay Falker (Part I)

The first in an eight-part podcast series from Rural Matters and sponsored by Ascendium, this episode features four rural community college leaders. Each share their experiences of focusing on student success and the integral role community colleges play in rural regional economic success.
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Optimal College Financial Aid Theory and Evidence
June 2021

Optimal College Financial Aid: Theory and Evidence on Free College, Early Commitment, and Merit Aid from an Eight-Year Randomized Trial

Utilizing data collected through The Degree Project, a partnership between Ascendium, Milwaukee Public Schools and researchers, this working paper analyzes how promise programs and the design of financial aid programs affect a variety of high school, college and life outcomes.
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COVID 19 Transfer Mobility and Progress Final Look Spring 2021 Report
June 2021

COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress: Final Look Spring 2021 Report

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released the fourth of a nine-part report series to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students. This report, co-funded by Ascendium and ECMC Foundation, shows transfer overall was down 10% and community college transfer enrollment declined 16.3%, a worrisome trend for learners from low-income backgrounds.
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Convening Mapping the Future of Technology in Prison Higher Education
June 2021

Convening: Mapping the Future of Technology in Prison Higher Education (Videos)

These videos are presentations from a virtual convening in February 2021 of more than 100 attendees who explored the future of technology in postsecondary education in prison. The convening was produced by Open Campus Media with support from Ascendium. Participants included representatives of universities, advocacy groups, funders and state corrections systems.
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Perceptions of Postsecondary Education and Training in Rural Areas
June 2021

Perceptions of Postsecondary Education and Training in Rural Areas

This Education Commission of the States report, in partnership with Strada Education Network and Gallup and funded by Ascendium, provides a greater awareness and deeper understanding of how rural residents perceive postsecondary education and training, particularly in light of the COVID-19 health crisis.
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