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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

Resource Library

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.

Resources

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October 2020

Insights Report: The Road Ahead for Rural Colleges

Rural college leaders are responding to demographic declines in innovative ways, including aligning more closely with regional workforce needs, creating satellite locations and using technology to close distance gaps. (Report produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education and sponsored by Ascendium)
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Covid 19 Transfer Mobility and Progress Report First Look Fall 2020 Report
October 2020

Covid-19 Transfer, Mobility, and Progress Report: First Look Fall 2020 Report

This first of nine National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports outlines transfer pattern data in a rapid-response series beginning with data as of September 24, 2020, when 54% of colleges reported fall enrollments to the National Student Clearinghouse. The immediate effects of the pandemic will be revised and updated in the subsequent reports, with support from Ascendium Education Group and ECMC Foundation.
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Lessons from Second Chance Pell A Toolkit for Helping Incarcerated Students
October 2020

Lessons from Second Chance Pell: A Toolkit for Helping Incarcerated Students Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

This toolkit from the Vera Institute of Justice, supported by Ascendium, includes a full report on federal financial aid eligibility requirements that often stymie incarcerated college students, the documents required to obtain need-based aid and strategies to help students in prison overcome these difficulties. The toolkit includes a full report and video instructions (.mov, .mp4 and .avi) for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Rural Matters Rural Higher Education Challenges Opportunities
October 2020

Rural Matters: Rural Higher Education: Challenges & Opportunities (Podcast Series)

This four-part podcast series from Rural Matters, sponsored by Ascendium, features leaders in the rural postsecondary education space discussing challenges and opportunities in rural higher education and workforce training.
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How to Encourage College Summer Enrollment Final Lessons from the EASE Project
October 2020

How to Encourage College Summer Enrollment: Final Lessons from the EASE Project

MDRC’s Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment (EASE) study used behavioral insights and a financial incentive with the goal of boosting enrollment rates. This report, supported by Ascendium, presents findings from the EASE evaluation and is the final report on this project. It examines impacts on academic outcomes one year plus one summer after students were randomly assigned.
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Improving Workforce Outcomes for Rural Community College Students
October 2020

Improving Workforce Outcomes for Rural Community College Students

This Social Finance report, supported by funding from Ascendium, is intended to serve as a “how-to guide” for rural community college leaders in building or refining workforce partnerships. For workforce program directors, the checklists in the Getting Started and Rural Considerations sections are designed to be printed and used as a work plan. For presidents and provosts, the executive summary and stories of peer institutions serve as examples for transformation.
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September 2020

Key Takeaways: What It Takes to be a Student-Centered Institution Now

Higher education leaders share insights and strategies for keeping student success at the forefront in this summary of a virtual forum hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and sponsored by Ascendium.
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Supporting Success The Higher Education in Prison Key Performance Indicator Framework
September 2020

Supporting Success: The Higher Education in Prison Key Performance Indicator Framework

This much-anticipated framework was released by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), with support from Ascendium. The framework details key performance indicators (KPIs) of high-quality postsecondary education in prison programs.
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August 2020

Finding Scholarships: Where to Look and How to Win Them

This workshop shows students how to find private scholarships that are a good match for them and provide tips on how they can win them. Recommended for grades: 10, 11, 12
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August 2020

Finding Scholarships: Where to Look and How to Win Them

This workshop shows students how to find private scholarships that are a good match for them and provide tips on how they can win them. Recommended for grades: 10, 11, 12
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August 2020

Choosing a College: How to Find the Right One for You

This workshop shows students how to choose a college based on what's important to them so they can increase their odds of graduating. Recommended for grades: 10, 11, 12
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August 2020

Choosing a College: How to Find the Right One for You

This workshop shows students how to choose a college based on what's important to them so they can increase their odds of graduating. Recommended for grades: 10, 11, 12
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