The programs we fund serve students who face challenges their higher-income peers do not. At Ascendium we work to make postsecondary degrees, credentials and certificates available to as many students as possible. Specifically, we focus on those who traditionally have the most to gain from postsecondary education, but the least support in getting there: students from low-income families, students of color and those who are the first in their families to attend college.
Many students face disparities in opportunity, income and access to education. We seek to level the playing field by removing barriers to and providing equitable opportunities for a chance at a better life through education.
Students from low-income families are less likely to complete a bachelor's degree than their higher-income peers.
Students who are from low-income families and are the first in their family to pursue postsecondary education have the lowest completion rates.
Despite growing postsecondary enrollment, students of color have lower levels of degree attainment than white students.