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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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Teaching-Learning-Assessment (TLA) Framework

March 2022
The American Association of Colleges and Universities has developed a practical, web-based tool to help campuses engaged in the guided pathways model of student success. This framework centers student success and equity and recommends measurable steps that faculty, staff and institutional leaders can take to address persisting gaps in student learning outcomes.
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Pathways to Success for Adult Learners Interactive Report and Data Toolkit

February 2022
The Tennessee Board of Regents – The College System of Tennessee spent a year exploring educational attainment for adult learners with some college, but no degree. They have developed two tools that support re-engagement and explain their findings: an interactive report and a data toolkit, which can be found on the landing page of their initiative.
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Employment & Wages for Adult Students who Return to Community Colleges

February 2022
The fourth and final in a series of working papers, the Tennessee Board of Regents – The College System of Tennessee presents a body of evidence that supports reconnecting adult learners with some college, no degree back to postsecondary education. Adult learners saw positive employment outcomes when they returned to college and attained a credential.
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Degrees When Due Case Study: Bowling Green

February 2022
This is the third and final case study from the Institute of Higher Education Policy’s Degrees When Due initiative. In it, Bowling Green State University’s successes and challenges with re-engaging learners with some college, but no degree are highlighted, giving insight to others exploring degree reclamation.
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Rural Matters

Funding Access to Postsecondary Education with Kirstin Yeado, Shanell Watson, Denise Callahan and Allison Pennington (Part I)

February 2022
This episode is the first in a new six-part podcast series from Rural Matters. Four representatives from philanthropic organizations, including Ascendium, share why it’s important to support rural postsecondary education and workforce training. Through their strategies, each organization is working to remove roadblocks and close equity gaps for learners in rural communities.
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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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