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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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Reentry Campus Program Guide for Replication

March 2022
The Reentry Campus Program (RCP) works to expand educational opportunities and expedite completion rates for individuals who are currently and formerly incarcerated. This guide is designed to provide insight about the development of RCP and assist organizations interested in building a similar program.
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Evaluation of the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Career Navigators Program Final Report

March 2022
This research report presents the final findings from the RAND Corporation’s independent evaluation of the Minnesota Department of Corrections' Career Navigators program. It should be of interest to educators who develop and provide education programs for incarcerated adults, researchers who explore postsecondary education in prison and pathways to careers, corrections officials and policymakers.
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Better Data for Better Policy

Better Data for Better Policy: Lessons Learned from Across the Coleridge Initiative’s Partnerships

March 2022
The Coleridge Initiative engages postsecondary, workforce and state agencies by providing applied data analytics training so that staff can better understand their own data. In this final brief, broader lessons from Coleridge partners for data sharing and evidence-based policy are shared.
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The Coleridge Initiative in Tennessee

March 2022
Tennessee is one of the Coleridge Initiative’s most recent state partners, completing applied data training and serving as a model for other agencies that are interested in empowering staff with the ability to leverage data securely and effectively. This is the second of three briefs that documents a state’s experiences in the initiative.
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The Coleridge Initiative in Ohio

March 2022
Ohio was one of the Coleridge Initiative’s early state partners, participating in applied data training and finding ways to apply the broader lessons they learned on data sharing and evidence-based policy. This is the first of three briefs that documents a state’s experiences in the initiative.
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Rural Matters

ARRC’s Landmark Report on RSIs with Andrew Koricich, Alisa Hicklin Fryar and Cecilia Orphan (Part II)

March 2022
The second in a six-part podcast series, this Rural Matters episode spotlights research that identifies rural-serving institutions (RSIs). Representatives from the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges share why having a metric for identifying RSIs is important and how they hope their research continues to strengthen the narrative about the relationship between rural colleges and rural communities.
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Community College Baccalaureate Programs as an Equity Strategy

March 2022
This brief from New America looks at the emergence of community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs and how students are faring in these relatively new programs through an equity lens. The brief presents compelling evidence that CCBs can reduce the need for community college students to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree — a common barrier to timely degree completion.
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Teaching-Learning-Assessment (TLA) Framework

March 2022
The American Association of Colleges and Universities has developed a practical, web-based tool to help campuses engaged in the guided pathways model of student success. This framework centers student success and equity and recommends measurable steps that faculty, staff and institutional leaders can take to address persisting gaps in student learning outcomes.
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Pathways to Success for Adult Learners Interactive Report and Data Toolkit

February 2022
The Tennessee Board of Regents – The College System of Tennessee spent a year exploring educational attainment for adult learners with some college, but no degree. They have developed two tools that support re-engagement and explain their findings: an interactive report and a data toolkit, which can be found on the landing page of their initiative.
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Employment & Wages for Adult Students who Return to Community Colleges

February 2022
The fourth and final in a series of working papers, the Tennessee Board of Regents – The College System of Tennessee presents a body of evidence that supports reconnecting adult learners with some college, no degree back to postsecondary education. Adult learners saw positive employment outcomes when they returned to college and attained a credential.
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Degrees When Due Case Study: Bowling Green

February 2022
This is the third and final case study from the Institute of Higher Education Policy’s Degrees When Due initiative. In it, Bowling Green State University’s successes and challenges with re-engaging learners with some college, but no degree are highlighted, giving insight to others exploring degree reclamation.
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Rural Matters

Funding Access to Postsecondary Education with Kirstin Yeado, Shanell Watson, Denise Callahan and Allison Pennington (Part I)

February 2022
This episode is the first in a new six-part podcast series from Rural Matters. Four representatives from philanthropic organizations, including Ascendium, share why it’s important to support rural postsecondary education and workforce training. Through their strategies, each organization is working to remove roadblocks and close equity gaps for learners in rural communities.
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