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Introducing our New Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking, Ascendium Acts on Grant Partner Feedback, and More
- Introducing our New Deputy Director of Education Grantmaking, Dr. Janice Hicks
- Ascendium Acts on Grant Partner Feedback to Refine Philanthropic Practices
- New Resources Aim to Increase Understanding of CBE Program Designs
The Gardner Institute launched its Transforming the Foundational Postsecondary Experience program to reduce equity gaps and help boost student success during the first two years of college.
Director of Learning and Impact Bethany Miller reflects on the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s recent survey of Ascendium’s 2022 grant partners. Overall, respondents reported positive perceptions of Ascendium’s performance as a funder. They also identified areas for improvement that we are committed to acting on, including convening our grant partners more and better communicating our strategies and goals.
A new framework and accompanying research brief from American Institutes for Research and the Competency-Based Education Network aims to improve understanding of competency-based education (CBE) program design at colleges and universities in the U.S. These new resources also explore an intentional approach to CBE program design by practitioners, with goals of facilitating rigorous research on the efficacy of key design elements and supporting stronger program design that leads to positive learner outcomes.
Ascendium is pleased to welcome Dr. Janice Hicks to our Education Philanthropy team as our new deputy director of education grantmaking. Janice will support grantmaking across portfolios focused on strategies to transform postsecondary education institutions and systems to better serve learners from low-income backgrounds.
Keith Witham Reflects on the Past Six Months, Ascendium Discusses the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison, and More
- Keith Witham Reflects on His First Six Months as Vice President of Education Philanthropy
- Ascendium’s Molly Lasagna and Others Discuss the State of Postsecondary Education in Prison
- Strategic Media Partnerships Amplify Solutions to Rural Learners’ Challenges
Research from the Urban Institute has led to the development of a framework and dedicated resources that explore how the alignment of training and credential programs with good jobs improves outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds. These resources specifically outline approaches for learners in short-term career and technical education programs.
Three recent Ascendium grants support media organizations whose work makes a national impact in rural postsecondary education and workforce training systems. These organizations' reporting is critical to increase public understanding of issues affecting rural learners from low-income backgrounds, amplify rural learners’ voices, and share promising solutions through national media outlets and networks.
Halfway through his first year as Vice President of Education Philanthropy, Keith Witham provides an overview of the past six months of Ascendium’s grantmaking. He also looks ahead, reaffirming Ascendium’s commitment to transforming the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds through postsecondary education and workforce training.
Tackling Economic Inequity, Validation Grant Guidance Released, and Part 2 of Q&A with UIA’s Bridget Burns
- How a Coalition of Nonprofit, Private Colleges Is Tackling Economic Inequity
- Validation Grant Guidance Released for Partners Evaluating Effectiveness of Innovations and Reforms
- Q&A: UIA’s Bridget Burns on Helping Struggling Students Get Back on Track (Part 2)
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