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December 2020


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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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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May 2020

Streamline Key Learner Transitions

This overview of one of Ascendium’s funding focus area explores Ascendium’s investment priorities for streamlining diverse pathways into and through postsecondary education and learner transitions into the workforce, and the desired outcomes of that support.
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May 2020

About Ascendium Education Philanthropy

This overview of Ascendium's education philanthropy details our strategic approach to philanthropy: how, where and what we fund, our four focus areas and our belief in the power of education for upward social mobility.
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April 2020

2019 Education Philanthropy Report: A Sharper Focus

2019 was not only our first full year under the Ascendium name, we literally sharpened our focus to four areas: removing structural barriers, postsecondary education in prison, rural education and workforce training, and streamlining transitions.
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June 2019

The Workforce Playbook

A practical guide to setting a vision and key practices for talent development and economic mobility, balancing the needs of students and employers to advance the overall prosperity of their regions, from the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.
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January 2019

2018 Education Philanthropy Report: Clearing the Path

Our 2018 report, Clearing the Path, highlights our belief in catalyzing lasting change that reduces barriers that arise throughout a student’s progression from enrollment through program completion to gainful employment.
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2018 Ascendium Grantee Perception Report
June 2018

2018 Grantee and Applicant Perception Report

We’ve found that one of the best ways to identify areas for improvement is to ask those who know us best—namely, the grant partners we invest in.
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2017 Ascendium AnnualReport
January 2018

2017 Education Philanthropy Report: Building on What Works

We believe in leveraging existing knowledge to evaluate and support strategies that are most likely to have an impact. By building on what works, we can help more students complete their credential.
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October 2017

What Does It Take to Launch a Program?

Studies show that well-timed outreach to prospective college freshmen the summer after high school can help support their entrance into college. This report asks the question: What does it take to set up and run a successful summer texting program?
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2016 Ascendium Annual Philanthropy Report
January 2017

2016 Education Philanthropy Report: Shared Success

We believe that improving completion rates requires focus on both students and institutions—with success being their shared goal.
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April 2016

Career Ready Internship Grant

Ascendium funded $2.1 million in Career Ready Internship grants to 16 Midwest community colleges to establish and administer paid internship programs to give low-income students real-world experience in their area of study.
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