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Newsletter Article December 11, 2020

Bethany Miller Joins the Education Philanthropy Team

Join us in welcoming Bethany Miller to Ascendium’s Education Grantmaking team as deputy director - learning & impact. In this newly established role, Bethany will provide opportunities for the team to purposefully strengthen our strategy and operations, as well as inform the field in support of greater impact for learners from low-income backgrounds.

Newsletter Article December 11, 2020

COVID-19 Crisis and Transfer: What Institutions, Systems and States Can Do Today

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased attention given to transfer students and further exposed weaknesses within the college transfer system. With the current crisis, we support the need to build urgency around stronger and better transfer pathways and issue a call to action to institutions, systems and states for accelerating the development of these pathways. Ascendium-funded briefs recently produced by the Aspen Institute provide recommendations that can be implemented today to improve outcomes for transfer students, both in the short- and long-term.

Newsletter Article December 11, 2020

Best Practices for Postsecondary Education in Prison Programs Released by Vera Institute of Justice

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has released a new Ascendium-funded report outlining common issues and best practices in setting up postsecondary education in prison programs across 10 key areas. Learn how Vera is providing resources to college and corrections agency administrators on how to improve these programs.

Ascendium in the News November 30, 2020

Kentucky College System Mounts Effort to Close Gap Between Education and Work

With support from Ascendium, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Foundation is launching a yearlong planning project to research what it would take to implement a competency-based education platform at scale within its general education, career, technical and workforce training programs.

Newsletter November 19, 2020

Training for Online Math Teaching, a New Rural Podcast Series and New Resources

  • College Math Instructors Praise Timely Training for Online Teaching
  • Vera Institute of Justice Works to Develop Guidelines and Supports for Postsecondary Education in Prison
  • Podcasts Raise Up Leaders in Rural Places
News Release November 18, 2020

Ascendium Education Group, Employees Step Up Community Support

2020 was an extraordinary year that brought big challenges for the Madison-area community across both racial justice issues and the cornonavirus pandemic. While Ascendium Education Group’s philanthropic mission as a national funder focuses on the power of education and training beyond high school to transform the lives learners from low-income backgrounds, we recognize the importance of flexibility and responsiveness in times of crisis and needs in the community in which the majority of our employees live and work. This is why we have stepped up to meet these extraordinary needs with more than $440,000 in support for our community.

Newsletter Article November 13, 2020

College Math Instructors Praise Timely Training for Online Teaching

Reacting to the sudden shift to online instruction driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 300 faculty teaching entry-level math courses learned ways this summer to adapt their teaching to online delivery, thanks to grants from Ascendium and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grants supported the Charles A. Dana Center’s ongoing work designing and piloting the National Virtual Professional Learning Series.

Newsletter Article November 13, 2020

Vera Institute of Justice Works to Develop Guidelines and Supports for Postsecondary Education in Prison

Learn more about how one Vera Institute of Justice grant is laying the groundwork for system-wide change with FAFSA and Second Chance Pell support.

Newsletter Article November 13, 2020

Podcasts Raise Up Leaders in Rural Places

Ascendium’s philanthropy supports work that helps build collaboration and partnership to support rural learners from enrollment to workforce entry. A series of Rural Matters podcasts explores how several leaders are working to advance college and career goals of learners in rural communities.

Spotlight November 13, 2020

Grant Explores How to Take Competency-Based Education to a System Level

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Foundation is launching a yearlong planning project to research what it would take to implement a competency-based education platform at scale within its general education, career, technical and workforce training programs. Ascendium’s investment of $614,000 supports the project under our grantmaking focus area Streamline Key Learner Transitions.

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