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Newsletter Article October 14, 2021

SREE Summer Fellows Program a Win-Win-Win for Students, Organizations and the Field

Ascendium looks to our partners in the field to help inform our grantmaking. It’s why we funded three Society of Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Fellows this summer as they explored various topics and presented their research findings. Read more about our relationship with SREE and how Ascendium plans to utilize research completed by the Fellows.

Newsletter Article October 13, 2021

New $4.7M Ready for Pell Initiative Seeks to Strengthen Postsecondary Education in Prison Programs

Ascendium is announcing Ready for Pell, a two-year, $4.7 million strategic initiative to strengthen emerging postsecondary education in prison programs ahead of the restoration of Pell Grants in the 2023-24 academic year for learners who are incarcerated. Through Ready for Pell, Ascendium will provide grants of up to $125,000 to newly established postsecondary education in prison programs, or systems representing multiple institutions, in states that are actively coordinating at a systems level across multiple institutional and agency partners. We’ve named JFF as intermediary grant partner in this effort.

News Release October 13, 2021

Ascendium Announces Ready for Pell, a $4.7M Strategic Initiative for Postsecondary Education in Prison

Ascendium Education Group is announcing Ready for Pell, a two-year, $4.7 million strategic initiative to strengthen postsecondary education in prison programs ahead of the restoration of Pell Grants in 2023-24 for learners who are incarcerated.

Newsletter Article October 05, 2021

Vera Helps Guide Postsecondary Education in Prison Programs on a Path to Pell for All

Ascendium's investment priority to scale proven, high-quality postsecondary education in prison models led us to support the Vera Institute of Justice in a two-year initiative, Unlocking the Promise of Pell for Students in Prison. We spoke to Vera’s Margaret diZerega to get her thoughts on the expansion of Second Chance Pell, the permanent lifting of the Pell Grant ban for incarcerated learners in the 2023-24 school year, quality in prison education programs and more.

Ascendium in the News October 05, 2021

CivicLab Receives $750,000 Grant

A recent grant from Ascendium to CivicLab is making a new education and workforce initiative possible. Through the initiative, several rural community collaboratives will receive funding and technical assistance to strengthen postsecondary education and workforce development systems.

Newsletter Article September 30, 2021

$18.5 Million in Newly Approved Grants to Support Student Success, Workforce Mobility, Rural Guided Pathways

Ascendium’s Board of Directors recently approved 18 new grants totaling $18.5 million, including efforts with the Urban Institute, the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce and six other new grant partners. Among the new grants are initiatives that support campus finance leaders in advancing student success reforms, help postsecondary institutions identify successful workforce-relevant strategies for low-income learners and build the capacity of rural institutions to adopt guided pathways reforms.

Newsletter September 23, 2021

Ascendium Looking to Hire Passionate People Wanting to Make Impactful Change, Q&A with Program Officers Shares Insight into Supporting Adult Learners

  • Ascendium’s Grantmaking Team Strives for Impactful Change and Is Looking for Individuals Who Share this Passion
  • Investing in Projects that Support Adult Learners
  • Grant Explores Meaningful Workforce Partnerships
Ascendium in the News September 20, 2021

New Report: College Transfers Plunged Last Year, But Highly Selective Institutions Saw Gains

Ascendium and ECMC Foundation funded the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility and Progress Report series to provide institutions and researchers with near real-time data on how the COVID-19 health crisis is impacting transfer students. This is the year-end report and analysis for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Newsletter Article September 16, 2021

Ascendium’s Grantmaking Team Strives for Impactful Change and Is Looking for Individuals Who Share this Passion

Keith Witham, Ascendium’s new deputy director - education grantmaking, shares his thoughts about education philanthropy in a time of unprecedented challenge and his hopes for meeting those challenges by filling key positions on a growing team.

Newsletter Article September 15, 2021

Improving Transfer Outcomes One Project at a Time

Over 2 million learners transferred between institutions during the 2020-2021 academic year, a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center details. Ascendium remains committed to supporting projects and initiatives that ease transitions for those transferring between, and returning to, postsecondary education providers. This year, Ascendium has funded projects that study transfer data, produce compelling resources and provide opportunities for leaders to connect so they can work toward improving transfer outcomes for learners from low-income backgrounds.

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