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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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OER at Scale: The Academic and Economic Outcomes of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative

February 2020
The research and evaluation of Achieving the Dream’s Open Education Resources (OER) Degree Initiative offers an important demonstration of the opportunity, the task, and the challenges of a systemic approach.
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Increasing Community College Graduation Rates with a Proven Model: Three-Year Results from ASAP Ohio

January 2020
This Ascendium-sponsored report reviews impressive results from the program which provides students with up to three years of supports to address multiple barriers to student success.
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Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics

November 2019
To learn which students are not well-served by existing gateway math developmental educational reforms, we enlisted the NAS to help develop a research agenda and areas for future research over the next five years.
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College Promise Success Initiative

April 2019
College Promise programs make higher education more accessible by covering tuition, without typically addressing nonfinancial barriers. The MDRC College Promise Success Initiative enables more colleges to supplement their CP programs with student supports.
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The Finish Line: Graduation by Design

April 2019
Ascendium committed $1 million to support MDRC's The Finish Line: Graduation by Design project, which explores student behaviors, college policies and institutional practices that prevent students from completing the programs they start.
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2018 Education Philanthropy Report: Clearing the Path

January 2019
Our 2018 report, Clearing the Path, highlights our belief in catalyzing lasting change that reduces barriers that arise throughout a student’s progression from enrollment through program completion to gainful employment.
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An Exploration of Student Experiences at Tribal Colleges

January 2019
This Center for Community College Student Engagement report provides a snapshot of how students experience TCUs, showing gaps in successful completion as well as how continued investments can narrow this gap.
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Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) in Ohio

December 2018
A new report funded by Ascendium details the findings of the successful ASAP Ohio demonstration, helping thousands of students graduate at more than twice the rate of their peers.
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WCTS Student Success Center

WCTS Student Success Center

October 2018
Helping the greatest number of students toward successful degree completion requires broad-scale change. Wisconsin Technical College System's Student Success Center is a statewide hub that enables the 16 system colleges to learn from their peer institutions.
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Seeking STEM: The Causal Impact of Need-Based Grant Aid on Undergraduates' Field of Study

July 2018
Prior research often points to students' lack of preparation for the shortage of STEM majors. This Hope Center paper investigates an alternative explanation: resource constraints.
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Podcast How to Improve College Placement Using Multiple Measures

Podcast: How to Improve College Placement Using Multiple Measures

July 2018
Can community colleges boost graduation rates by switching to multiple measures assessments of incoming students' readiness? Ascendium committed $1 million to help 10 Midwest colleges select and implement MMA, guided by MDRC and partners.
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Defining Misplacement: Multiple Measures Assessment

July 2018
Can community colleges boost graduation rates by switching to multiple measures assessments of incoming students' readiness? Ascendium committed $1 million to help 10 Midwest colleges select and implement MMA, guided by MDRC and partners.
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