Resource Library | Ascendium Education Group Skip to main content

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

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.
Visit Site 
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.
View the PDF
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.
View the PDF Visit Site 
SupportingPrisonPopulation728 cover
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?
View the PDF
The Landscape of Higher Education in Prison Programs 2018 2019 thumbnail
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.
Visit Site 
National Directory of Higher Education in Prison thumbnail
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.
Visit Site 
First Class Starting a Postsecondary Education in Prison Program
November 2020

First Class: Starting a Postsecondary Education in Prison Program

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice, supported by funding from Ascendium, outlines guiding principles for launching a successful, high-quality postsecondary education in prison program.
Visit Site 
A College Lifeline Higher education for incarcerated and rural students
November 2020

A College Lifeline: Higher Education for Incarcerated and Rural Students — And Why It Matters

A College Lifeline, supported with funding from Ascendium, looks at the ways higher ed is serving rural and incarcerated students along with the unique benefits and challenges both educators and students face.
View the PDF
PrisonEducation Ascendium MarketPrimer thumbnail
October 2020

Market Primer: Educating the Incarcerated

Postsecondary education in prison programs are expanding, partly due to the promise of full restoration of Second Chance Pell. What guidance is in place to help new providers offer quality educational offerings, and what obstacles stand in the way of successful program? (Report produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education and sponsored by Ascendium.)
View the PDF
Lessons from Second Chance Pell A Toolkit for Helping Incarcerated Students
October 2020

Lessons from Second Chance Pell: A Toolkit for Helping Incarcerated Students Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

This toolkit from the Vera Institute of Justice, supported by Ascendium, includes a full report on federal financial aid eligibility requirements that often stymie incarcerated college students, the documents required to obtain need-based aid and strategies to help students in prison overcome these difficulties. The toolkit includes a full report and video instructions (.mov, .mp4 and .avi) for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Visit Site 
Supporting Success The Higher Education in Prison Key Performance Indicator Framework
September 2020

Supporting Success: The Higher Education in Prison Key Performance Indicator Framework

This much-anticipated framework was released by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), with support from Ascendium. The framework details key performance indicators (KPIs) of high-quality postsecondary education in prison programs.
Visit Site 
EP PEP HND thumbnail
May 2020

Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison

This overview of one of Ascendium’s funding focus area explores Ascendium’s investment priorities for expanding networks and sharing data and best practices around high-quality postsecondary education in prison, and the desired outcomes of that support.
View the PDF
Loading...