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Ascendium Education Group Shares Lessons Learned from College Emergency Grant Program

Report emphasizes cultural shift to holistic student support

Madison, Wis.—Since 2012, Ascendium Education Group (formerly Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates) has invested $13.6 million in four separate grant projects aimed at helping colleges establish, administer and sustain emergency grant programs. In its newly-released report, “A Broader View of Emergency Aid: Toward a More Holistic Approach to Helping Students Weather a Financial Crisis,” Ascendium details how colleges have learned to probe for the underlying issues that contribute to financial emergencies, and are connecting students to community agencies as well as offering enhanced campus resources.

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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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