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Great Lakes Higher Education Becomes Ascendium Education Group

Renamed organization to continue focus on student success and education philanthropy

Madison, Wis.—The former Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates (Great Lakes) has relaunched as Ascendium Education Group. The renamed organization will build on Great Lakes’ 51-year history of supporting postsecondary access and completion and successful student loan repayment.

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Rebecca C. Villarreal, Ph.D. Joins Great Lakes as Director of Education Grantmaking

New role as of October 15, 2018

Madison, Wis.Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates is pleased to announce and welcome Rebecca Villarreal as Director of Education Grantmaking in its Community Investments Division, effective October 15, 2018. Rebecca will lead a team of experienced program officers and grant administrators in support of Great Lakes’ philanthropic mission of helping traditionally underserved students overcome the academic, financial and social obstacles that too often derail a postsecondary education.

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15 Wisconsin Public School Districts Selected to Join Great Lakes’ Text Steps Project

$630,000 in grants to help districts combat “summer melt,” improve on-time college enrollment rates

Madison, Wis.—As many as 40% of high school graduates from underserved communities who have been accepted to college don’t end up starting classes in the fall. The reason? Without the support of counselors who guided them through the admission and financial aid application processes, many students are unable to complete critical tasks over the summer, like finalizing financial aid packages, registering for orientation and confirming campus housing. The phenomenon, known as “summer melt,” is most prevalent among students who are first in their family to go to college.

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