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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

We believe in the promise of a better life no matter where you started – and the power of education and training beyond high school to transform the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds.

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Our Focus Areas

We know learners from low-income backgrounds have the same abilities as high-income learners. Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility.

THE CHANGE WE SEEK

We hope our work contributes to a future where more learners from low-income backgrounds reach their education and career goals, equity gaps are eliminated and all postsecondary learning is valued and validated.

To assess the progress of our strategy on the changes we seek, we monitor data points related to first-year persistence, degree and credential completion, time to completion and job placement. 

News and Updates

June 25, 2020 Press Release

Ascendium Awards $200,000 to Madison Area Nonprofits Working for Racial Justice

Four Madison-area nonprofit organizations working to advance racial justice will receive $50,000 each from Ascendium Education Group.

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June 25, 2020 Press Release

West Virginia Awarded $750,000 from Ascendium to Increase Degree Completion, Leverage Philanthropic Collaborations for Student Success

Ascendium Education Group has awarded $750,000 to support the West Virginia Climbs initiative, aimed at supporting student success and accelerating degree completion.

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June 25, 2020 Newsletter

Strong Start to Finish, Vera Institute for Justice, New Grants, Virtual Events

  • Strong Start to Finish: Unique Pooled Funding Approach Supports Continued Developmental Education Efforts
  • Vera Institute of Justice: Unlocking the Promise of Pell for Students in Prison
  • Aspen Institute Puts Rural Grant to Work
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