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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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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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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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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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Responding in the Moment Policies to Advance a Next Generation Transfer System
November 2020

Responding in the Moment: Policies to Advance a Next-Generation Transfer System

This Aspen brief and its companion (Responding in the Moment: Practices to Advance a Next-Generation Transfer System), both supported by Ascendium, offer specific policy and practice recommendations that can be implemented today to advance transfer student success, both in the short-term and as part of a strategy to address structural barriers.
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Responding in the Moment Practices to Advance a Next Generation Transfer System
November 2020

Responding in the Moment: Practices to Advance a Next-Generation Transfer System

This Aspen brief and its companion (Responding in the Moment: Policies to Advance a Next-Generation Transfer System), both supported by Ascendium, offer specific policy and practice recommendations that can be implemented today to advance transfer student success, both in the short-term and as part of a strategy to address structural barriers.
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Covid 19 Transfer Mobility and Progress Report First Look Fall 2020 Report
October 2020

Covid-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress Report: First Look Fall 2020 Report

This first of nine National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports outlines transfer pattern data in a rapid-response series beginning with data as of September 24, 2020, when 54% of colleges reported fall enrollments to the National Student Clearinghouse. The immediate effects of the pandemic will be revised and updated in the subsequent reports, with support from Ascendium Education Group and ECMC Foundation.
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How to Encourage College Summer Enrollment Final Lessons from the EASE Project
October 2020

How to Encourage College Summer Enrollment: Final Lessons from the EASE Project

MDRC’s Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment (EASE) study used behavioral insights and a financial incentive with the goal of boosting enrollment rates. This report, supported by Ascendium, presents findings from the EASE evaluation and is the final report on this project. It examines impacts on academic outcomes one year plus one summer after students were randomly assigned.
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July 2020

How Did Six Community Colleges Design Support of Part-Time Faculty?

The final report by Columbia University's Community College Research Center analyzes the experience of six community colleges' efforts to support adjunct faculty and issues four recommendations to the field.
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May 2020

Remove Structural Barriers to Success

This overview of one of Ascendium’s funding focus area explores Ascendium’s investment priorities supporting leadership development and student success, and the desired outcomes of that support.
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