WHO WE SERVE

Learners from Low-Income Backgrounds, Especially Those in Historically Underrepresented Groups

Traditionally these underserved students have the most to gain from a degree.

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE TRAINING REMAIN THE SUREST PATHS TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

The initiatives we fund address obstacles that are more difficult for students from low-income households to overcome than for their higher-income peers. At Ascendium we work to make postsecondary degrees, certificates and other job credentials available to as many learners as possible.

Specifically, we focus on learners from low-income backgrounds, especially those in historically underrepresented groups: first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans.

THE EQUITY GAP

Many learners face disparities in opportunity, income and access to education. We seek to level the playing field by removing barriers and providing equitable opportunities for a chance at a better life through education and workforce training.

STUDENTS FROM LOW-INCOME BACKGROUNDS

Students from low-income families are less likely to complete a bachelor's degree than their higher-income peers.

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Pell Institute, "Equity Indicators Report," 2019

FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS

Students who are from low-income backgrounds and are the first in their family to pursue postsecondary education have the lowest completion rates.
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Pell Institute, "Equity Indicators Report," 2019

STUDENTS OF COLOR

Despite growing postsecondary enrollment, students of color have lower levels of degree attainment than white students.
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Lumina Foundation, "A Stronger Nation," 2019