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 college, but the least support in getting there: students of color, students from low-income families, 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 attend college have the lowest college completion rates.
Despite growing college enrollment among students of color, blacks and Hispanics have lower levels of degree attainment than whites.