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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.

Resources

Open Campus Infographic
April 2021

Convening Summary: Mapping the Future of Technology in Prison Higher Education

In February, Ascendium supported Open Campus Media’s virtual convening of more than 100 attendees exploring the future of technology in postsecondary education in prison. Representatives from universities, advocacy groups, funders and state corrections systems examined such topics as student perspectives on technology in prison education and the lifting of the Pell Grant ban. This summary highlights the day’s discussions.
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Examining the Educational and Employment Outcomes
April 2021

Examining the Educational and Employment Outcomes of Reverse Credit Transfer

Reverse credit transfer is an emerging policy that awards an associate degree retroactively to students who hadn’t been awarded one before transferring from a two-year to a four-year school. This study examines how reverse credit transfer impacts students’ education and career outcomes using data from Texas, where the legislature mandated the policy in 2011. Ascendium funded this research as part of Degrees when Due, a completion and equity initiative to increase degree attainment among the "some college, no degree" population.
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COVID 19 Transfer Mobility and Progress Report
April 2021

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

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released the third of a nine-part series, which Ascendium co-funded to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students. This report shows the community college sector with a 15.2% transfer decline, a worrisome trend for learners from low-income backgrounds.
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Caring Campus An Initiative to Involve Community College Staff
April 2021

Caring Campus: An Initiative to Involve Community College Staff in Increasing Student Success

This research brief, developed by the Community College Research Center, highlights the Caring Campus initiative with a special focus on evaluating the importance of nonacademic college staff to the student experience. With funding from Ascendium, the work draws on observations at six colleges, plus interviews with representatives and staff, to detail initial findings related to the initiative’s potential to affect college culture and further change efforts for learners.
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Investing in Student Success at Community Colleges
April 2021

Investing in Student Success at Community Colleges: Lessons from Research on Guided Pathways

The Community College Research Center at Columbia University Teachers College prepared this primer and federal policy brief on Guided Pathways, a comprehensive reform approach whereby community colleges fundamentally reshape themselves in ways that create clearer pathways to credentials with strong labor-market value. The brief draws heavily on research funded by Ascendium in the past several years.
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2020 Education Philanthropy Report Empowering Possibilities
April 2021

2020 Education Philanthropy Report: Empowering Possibilities

Our 2020 report, Empowering Possibilities, tells the story of our philanthropy during an unprecedented time and the tremendous efforts of our grant partners who were able to advance their work despite numerous challenges.
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K 12 Postsecondary Advising Resources
April 2021

K-12 Postsecondary Advising Resources

K-12 districts and schools have the ability to create, change and improve their advising practices to better serve their students as they prepare for the next step in academic and career success. The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) has resources available to help – from readiness rubrics and key approaches for supporting postsecondary education transitions to NCAN member program connections.
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Accelerating Recovery through Credentials
March 2021

Accelerating Recovery through Credentials: Rapid Response Toolkit

This resource by Education Strategy Group provides postsecondary education leaders with an action-oriented toolkit to help pandemic-displaced workers gain new skills and credentials as they re-enter the workforce. Co-funded by Ascendium and The Kresge Foundation, it includes evidence-based strategies, resources and a process to create a rapid response action plan.
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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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