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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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Coursetaking and Success for Returning Adult

Coursetaking and Success for Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges

July 2021
The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) – The College System of Tennessee recently released Coursetaking and Success for Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges. This is the third in a series of working papers that are part of TBR’s Pathways to Success for Students with Some College, No Degree initiative developed with support from Ascendium. This report addresses which courses reconnecting adults take, course success rates for reconnectors in their first term back and how course success impacts reconnectors' persistence and graduation.
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faculty staff support toolkit

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

July 2021
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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The Transfer Reset: Rethinking Equitable Policy for Today’s Learners

July 2021
The Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board has partnered with HCM Strategists, Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Sova Solutions to develop policy recommendations. These recommendations span three interrelated areas: harnessing data for transformational change, maximizing credit applicability and recognition of learning and advancing strategic finance and impactful student aid. Ascendium supports the Aspen Institute's transfer efforts through our focus area to streamline key learner transitions.
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The State of State Transfer Policy: A Typology to Evaluate Transfer and Recognition of Learning Policies

July 2021
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, HCM Strategist and Sova Solutions are promoting transfer policy reform through the identification and assessment of 16 transfer-specific state or systemwide policy elements that research has shown to affect student outcomes. Ascendium supports the Aspen Institute's transfer efforts through our focus area to streamline key learner transitions.
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BRIDGES Rural Design Insights, PART 1: Understanding the Potential of Rural Community College Learners

July 2021
Education Design Lab received funding from Ascendium to complete a three-year design challenge aimed at developing transformative new models that improve education and career outcomes for rural learners and their communities. This brief offers insights used to develop new models for rural community colleges to serve as critical economic growth engines. Education Design Lab's efforts are supported by Ascendium in line with our focus area to support rural postsecondary education and workforce training.
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Rural Matters

Remote Work and Community Networks with John Fitzsimmons, David Daigler, Justin Archer Burch, and Francie Genz (Part III)

July 2021
The third in an eight-part podcast series from Rural Matters and sponsored by Ascendium, this episode features four rural community leaders. Each guest shares insight on topics that range from remote work certification, the importance of bringing job opportunities directly to rural residents, and centering equity in remote work and industry-community collaboration.
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Back to Basics: Quality in Digital Learning

July 2021
The COVID-19 health crisis posed many challenges for learners, particularly for those from low-income backgrounds. New America, in collaboration with State Higher Education Executive Officer's Association and supported by Ascendium, brings to light recommendations for policy changes focused on online learning to make it more equitable and higher quality for learners from low-income backgrounds.
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Rural Community College Leader Series

July 2021
The COVID-19 health crisis hit rural community colleges hard, but leadership at those institutions quickly began to focus on solutions. The Rural Leader Learning Community, created by the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement and funded by Ascendium, developed a series of briefs that explore how rural community colleges can best support learners from low-income backgrounds after the COVID-19 health crisis.
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How Flexible Courses Promote Access and Success

How Flexible Courses Promote Access and Success for Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges

June 2021
The Tennessee Board of Regents - The College System of Tennessee, supported by Ascendium, launched Pathways to Success for Students with Some College, No Degree, a TBR project focused on paving the path to success for returning adult students at the state’s community and technical colleges. This working paper presents evidence that flexibility in course scheduling, locations and modality results in increased course success rates for returning adult students.
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From Crisis to Recovery Federal State

From Crisis to Recovery: Federal, State, and Institutional Recommendations for Higher Education

June 2021
The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association and New America partnered to develop a greater understanding of how the shift to remote teaching and learning impacted marginalized students. This report, developed with support from Ascendium, is aimed towards federal, state and institutional policymakers and provides recommendations to ensure a robust recovery as learning transitions back to in-person.
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How Ohio Community Colleges Are Using Guided Pathways to Personalize Student Support

How Ohio Community Colleges Are Using Guided Pathways to Personalize Student Support

June 2021
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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Rural Matters

Rural Higher Education & Student Voice with Meghan McCann, Desiree Jones-Smith, William Hendon and Matthew Vishino (Part II)

June 2021
The second in an eight-part series from Rural Matters and sponsored by Ascendium, this episode includes discussion on how to best support rural learners using insight gained from a recent Education Commission of the States report and through the Aspen Rural Community College Success Initiative. Two community college students also share how postsecondary education has transformed their lives.
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