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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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Support Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training

May 2020
This overview of one of Ascendium’s funding focus area explores Ascendium’s investment priorities for expanding networks and sharing data around postsecondary education and workforce needs in rural areas, and the desired outcomes of that support.
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About Ascendium Education Philanthropy

May 2020
This overview of Ascendium's education philanthropy details our strategic approach to philanthropy: how, where and what we fund, our four focus areas and our belief in the power of education for upward social mobility.
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Using Insights from Behavioral Science to Help College Students Stay Enrolled

Using Insights from Behavioral Science to Help College Students Stay Enrolled

May 2020
This Center for Applied Behavioral Science at MDRC paper offers insights for institutions facing a host of concerns about the upcoming fall semester in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper uses context from the Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment (EASE) project, funded by Ascendium.
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Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times A Caring Campus Approach

Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times: A Caring Campus Approach

May 2020
This well-attended webinar from the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) explores how colleges can engage students and best connect with them in a virtual environment. Ascendium supported this webinar as part of IEBC’s Caring Campus programming.
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Caring Campus Guide Two: Supporting the Professional Staff

May 2020
This Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) resource focuses on strategies for keeping staff informed of their college’s policies, practices and other updates. This work is part of two multi-year grants from Ascendium in support of IEBC’s Caring Campus programming.
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2019 Education Philanthropy Report: A Sharper Focus

April 2020
2019 was not only our first full year under the Ascendium name, we literally sharpened our focus to four areas: removing structural barriers, postsecondary education in prison, rural education and workforce training, and streamlining transitions.
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EASE: Handbook for Community Colleges

April 2020
Students who take summer courses can potentially speed up the time it takes them to graduate. This guide helps college administrators and staff members implement two interventions designed to increase summer enrollment rates.
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A Broader View of Emergency Aid

March 2020
This report details a holistic approach to emergency aid based on Ascendium-supported emergency grants, an intervention designed to help students get through unexpected financial crises and stay on track to complete their program.
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Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement: A Practitioner's Guide

February 2020
This guide is designed to support the work of institutional cross-functional teams charged with strengthening adjunct faculty professional learning and institutional engagement.
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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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