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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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August 2021

Mission Driven, Community Focused: Tribal Colleges & Universities and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global health crisis presented extraordinary challenges to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and made inequities in funding and technological infrastructure more visible. TCUs serve some of the most rural students and communities in the U.S., and inequities in funding and technological infrastructure has threated the success of those students. This brief, published by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and funded in part by Ascendium, describes these challenges, how TCUs responded and their request for support to promote the success of students.
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August 2021

The Comebacker's Odyssey: The Journey to Degree Completion

With funding support from Ascendium, The Graduate! Network has continued to expand their predictive analytics model to better understand the patterns and various impacts that influence a returning adult learner’s progression to a credential. This report explores three challenges along their postsecondary education odyssey: affording a college degree, navigating mid-journey changes and persevering as a returning student.
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nces.ed.gov
August 2021

College Navigator

Supported by the Institute of Education Sciences and National Center for Educational Statistics, both located within the U.S. Department of Education, this resource allows learners to compare colleges across the U.S. side by side. Learners can enter information and gain insights to assist them in finding the right college.
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studentaid.gov
August 2021

Federal Student Aid Resources

Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education. Their website provides information to help learners better understand what financial aid is, what types of financial aid are available based on eligibility, how to apply for financial aid and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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corequisite mathematics
August 2021

Corequisite Mathematics Toolkit

This toolkit supports college faculty, administrators and advisors in ensuring that corequisite mathematics classes provide the support students need to be successful, particularly those who are students of color, first-generation and from low-income communities. It also provides nationally agreed-upon design principles for math corequisites, as well as tools and resources to make them actionable. It’s part of the Strong Start to Finish initiative led by Education Commission of the States and supported by Ascendium, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.
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Coursetaking and Success for Returning Adult
July 2021

Coursetaking and Success for Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) – The College System of Tennessee recently released Coursetaking and Success for Returning Adult Students at Community Colleges. This is the third in a series of working papers that are part of TBR’s Pathways to Success for Students with Some College, No Degree initiative developed with support from Ascendium. This report addresses which courses reconnecting adults take, course success rates for reconnectors in their first term back and how course success impacts reconnectors' persistence and graduation.
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faculty staff support toolkit
July 2021

Faculty & Staff Support: A Toolkit for Mid-Level Managers

This Strong Start to Finish (SSTF) toolkit aims to build capacity for large-scale, equity-grounded, student-focused change by providing tested change leadership strategies for mid-level campus managers. SSTF is led by Education Commission of the States and supported by Ascendium, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.
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July 2021

The Transfer Reset: Rethinking Equitable Policy for Today’s Learners

The Tackling Transfer Policy Advisory Board has partnered with HCM Strategists, Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Sova Solutions to develop policy recommendations. These recommendations span three interrelated areas: harnessing data for transformational change, maximizing credit applicability and recognition of learning and advancing strategic finance and impactful student aid. Ascendium supports the Aspen Institute's transfer efforts through our focus area to streamline key learner transitions.
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July 2021

The State of State Transfer Policy: A Typology to Evaluate Transfer and Recognition of Learning Policies

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, HCM Strategist and Sova Solutions are promoting transfer policy reform through the identification and assessment of 16 transfer-specific state or systemwide policy elements that research has shown to affect student outcomes. Ascendium supports the Aspen Institute's transfer efforts through our focus area to streamline key learner transitions.
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July 2021

BRIDGES Rural Design Insights, PART 1: Understanding the Potential of Rural Community College Learners

Education Design Lab received funding from Ascendium to complete a three-year design challenge aimed at developing transformative new models that improve education and career outcomes for rural learners and their communities. This brief offers insights used to develop new models for rural community colleges to serve as critical economic growth engines. Education Design Lab's efforts are supported by Ascendium in line with our focus area to support rural postsecondary education and workforce training.
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Rural Community Colleges with Lisa Larson
July 2021

Remote Work and Community Networks with John Fitzsimmons, David Daigler, Justin Archer Burch, and Francie Genz (Part III)

The third in an eight-part podcast series from Rural Matters and sponsored by Ascendium, this episode features four rural community leaders. Each guest shares insight on topics that range from remote work certification, the importance of bringing job opportunities directly to rural residents, and centering equity in remote work and industry-community collaboration.
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July 2021

Back to Basics: Quality in Digital Learning

The COVID-19 health crisis posed many challenges for learners, particularly for those from low-income backgrounds. New America, in collaboration with State Higher Education Executive Officer's Association and supported by Ascendium, brings to light recommendations for policy changes focused on online learning to make it more equitable and higher quality for learners from low-income backgrounds.
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