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BRIDGES Rural Design Insights Part 2

February 2022
The second in a series from Education Design Lab, this brief dives into five pilot projects from rural community colleges participating in the BRIDGES Rural Design Challenge. Each pilot was designed to increase knowledge, connections and understanding which can lead to institutional change and economic growth in rural communities.
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A Field Guide to Reimagine a System-Wide Approach to CBE

February 2022
The Competency-Based Education Network and Kentucky Community and Technical College System explored what it would take to reimagine a systemwide approach to competency-based education (CBE). This field guide documents their activities and provides colleges, postsecondary education systems and state education agencies with a start-to-finish planning process to guide their own CBE efforts.
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Profiling Next Generation Sector Partnerships

January 2022
This report from Next Generation Sector Partnerships analyzes three Next Gen partnerships as they developed strategies for aligning education, workforce and economic development needs of their region. These profiles and framework serve as tools for public and private partners interested in strengthening their region’s economic vitality.
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Placing a Hold on Postsecondary Student Success

January 2022
This new Ascendium-supported brief by Education Commission of the States analyzes administrative holds, offering policy examples and considerations for postsecondary leaders working to ensure holds don’t impede learner progress. Evidence is mounting that such holds can negatively impact institution and state graduation and workforce goals. They also disproportionally affect students who are underrepresented in postsecondary education, namely students from low-income backgrounds and students of color.
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COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility and Progress: Fall 2021 Report

January 2022
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released the sixth report in a series which analyzes undergraduate transfer enrollment and pathways throughout the COVID-19 health crisis. This report, co-funded by Ascendium and ECMC Foundation, shows that transfer enrollment appears to have stabilized in Fall 2021 following a decline the previous year.
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Mapping Rural Colleges Tool

Mapping Rural Colleges Tool

January 2022
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab completed their Mapping Rural Colleges project, funded by Ascendium. This project builds on research previously conducted by the SSTAR Lab and publicly available data to generate foundational, robust research about the state of rural postsecondary education and create an interactive data tool. This data tool aims to be a resource providing a more comprehensive view of rural postsecondary education for education leaders, researchers, practitioners and national networks exploring how to respond to demographic and enrollment shifts in rural institutions and communities.
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Mapping Rural Colleges and Their Communities

Mapping Rural Colleges and Their Communities

January 2022
This report provides new insights into demographic and economic indicators on rural areas, rural college enrollment trends and rural college communities to broaden how rural education is viewed and spark new questions. The report also provides an interactive data tool that is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Student Success Through Applied Research Lab project, funded by Ascendium. This report and its accompanying data tool aim to help researchers and policymakers more accurately portray rural areas and colleges to inform, expand and ultimately improve educational opportunities and outcomes in rural areas.
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Introducing Our Nation’s Rural-Serving Postsecondary Institutions

January 2022
To complement their rural-serving institutions (RSIs) data tool, the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC) also released a report detailing their process and findings. The report uses ARRC’s new metric to identify over one thousand RSIs, providing insights on these institutions, their learners and the communities they serve.
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Rural-Serving Institutions Data Tool

January 2022
Ascendium supported the creation of a mapping tool that identifies rural-serving institutions (RSIs) through a formal framework developed by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges. The tool can be used by researchers, policymakers, leaders at RSIs and philanthropic organizations to better support rural institutions and the learners they serve.
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Lessons From Two Experimental Studies of Multiple Measures Assessment

January 2022
This research brief summarizes the results of two rigorous studies on multiple measures assessments, one in New York and one funded by Ascendium in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Conducted by MDRC and Community College Research Center, both studies found that using multiple measures assessments to place students in introductory college-level English and math courses substantially improved completion rates. Ascendium supports efforts to validate and scale strategies like multiple measures that increase completion rates and reduce time to degree.
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Prioritizing Analysis of Student Transcripts in Degree Reclamation Efforts to Improve Student Completion Outcomes

January 2022
Degree reclamation is a strategy to capture existing credits and put learners with some college, but no degree on track to postsecondary education completion. This resource from the Institute from Higher Education Policy provides recommendations for colleges and universities interested in improving completion outcomes.
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The Degree Reclamation Playbook

January 2022
With over a decade’s worth of best practices included, this Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) playbook serves as a guide to reengage stopped-out students and increase completion at institution, system and state levels. Ascendium supports this resource through its investment in IHEP’s Degrees When Due initiative, a national effort to advance degree reclamation policy and practices.
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