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2020 Education Philanthropy Report, Empowering Possibilities

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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.


Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times A Caring Campus Approach
May 2020

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

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

Caring Campus Guide Two: Supporting the Professional Staff

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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April 2020

2019 Education Philanthropy Report: A Sharper Focus

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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April 2020

EASE: Handbook for Community Colleges

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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March 2020

A Broader View of Emergency Aid

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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February 2020

Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement: A Practitioner's Guide

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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February 2020

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

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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January 2020

Increasing Community College Graduation Rates with a Proven Model: Three-Year Results from ASAP Ohio

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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November 2019

Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics

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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November 2019

Equity and Excellence in Practice: A Guide For Higher Education in Prison

Lumina Foundation supported the Prison University Project and The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison to document key characteristics of high-quality prison higher education programs for stakeholders.
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September 2019

Training for Emergency Grant Decision-Makers

Ascendium partnered with Equal Measure to fund the development of better tools for emergency grant decision-makers to ask the right questions to get at the root cause of each student's personal financial crisis.
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June 2019

The Workforce Playbook

A practical guide to setting a vision and key practices for talent development and economic mobility, balancing the needs of students and employers to advance the overall prosperity of their regions, from the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.
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