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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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Equitable Community College Student Outcomes
September 2021

How to Achieve More Equitable Community College Student Outcomes: Lessons From Six Years of CCRC Research on Guided Pathways

This Ascendium-supported report outlines how the Community College Research Center's thinking has evolved in the six years since it published Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, an influential book on guided pathways. Since that time, the center has studied the adoption, implementation costs and effects of guided pathways at more than 100 institutions. The report offers high-level recommendations, including increased use of experience-based learning, early advising tied to academic majors and customized onboarding paths for older adults returning to school.
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Student Success Training Resources
September 2021

Student Success Training Resources for Campus Employees

The National Association of College and University Business Officers produced these flexible, user-friendly videos and activities to help all campus employees understand how they can help students overcome systemic barriers and succeed. The six-part curriculum, supported by Ascendium, includes modules on overcoming implicit bias, understanding and overcoming systemic racism and more.
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corequisite mathematics
August 2021

Corequisite Mathematics Toolkit

This toolkit supports college faculty, administrators and advisors in ensuring that corequisite mathematics classes provide the support students need to be successful, particularly those who are students of color, first-generation and from low-income communities. It also provides nationally agreed-upon design principles for math corequisites, as well as tools and resources to make them actionable. It’s part of the Strong Start to Finish initiative led by Education Commission of the States and supported by Ascendium, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.
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faculty staff support toolkit
July 2021

Faculty & Staff Support: A Toolkit for Mid-Level Managers

This Strong Start to Finish (SSTF) toolkit aims to build capacity for large-scale, equity-grounded, student-focused change by providing tested change leadership strategies for mid-level campus managers. SSTF is led by Education Commission of the States and supported by Ascendium, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.
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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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University Innovation Alliance Completion Grants Playbook
April 2021

University Innovation Alliance Completion Grants Playbook

The University Innovation Alliance produced a comprehensive suite of materials to provide qualitative analysis for the completion grants strategy and a roadmap for institutions considering starting their own programs. With support from Ascendium and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it draws on the experiences of 11 member institutions using completion grants to increase graduation rates for low-income 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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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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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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A Better Way to Place Students What Colleges Need to Know About Multiple Measures Assessments
February 2021

A Better Way to Place Students: What Colleges Need to Know About Multiple Measures Assessments

Placement testing often determines whether a student is required to take developmental education courses or college-level courses upon entry to postsecondary education. Placement testing can also be a barrier for students, which is why Ascendium supported the research captured in this resource by MDRC and the Community College Research Center which explores an alternative to high-stakes placement testing.
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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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