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Press Release December 05, 2019

Ascendium Announces Funding for Three Sites in Major Higher Education in Prison Initiative

Madison, WI— Ascendium Education Group has committed up to $5 million in funding for its new initiative, “Optimizing Delivery Systems for Higher Education in Prison: Postsecondary Pathways for Re-Entry Transition.” This initiative represents Ascendium’s first major project in the higher education in prison (HEP) space since unveiling a new funding strategy featuring HEP as one of four key focus areas earlier this year.

Newsletter October 29, 2019

Fall 2019 Grantmaking Update

  • Celebrating a New Campus in Our Own Community
  • Danielle Vetter to Join Education Grantmaking Team
  • On the Go: Find Ascendium Staff in the Field
Newsletter September 19, 2019

GFE Annual Conference to Highlight Ascendium Grant Partners’ Great Work

  • Mesa, Arizona Wins the FAFSA Completion Challenge
  • New NAS Report Explores Strategies for Helping More Students Succeed in Math
  • On the Go: Find Ascendium Staff in the Field
Newsletter August 15, 2019

We’re Looking Forward to Connecting, Learning and Sharing at NCAN’s Annual Conference

  • How to Build a High-Quality Higher Education in Prison Program
  • Tools of the Trade Scholarship Helps Keep Wisconsin Apprentices on the Job
  • Recent Grants
Newsletter July 18, 2019

Recent Reports from Three Ascendium-Funded Projects Add to Roadmap for Systemic Change

  • Text Steps Project Helping 13 Wisconsin School Districts “Nudge” Their College-Bound Graduates to Campus with Timely Text Messages
  • Higher Education in Prison (HEP) Funding Opportunity:
    Letters of Interest Due August 1
  • Recent Grants
Press Release July 18, 2019

Ascendium-Funded Project Helping 13 Wisconsin School Districts “Nudge” Their College-Bound Graduates to Campus as Planned with Timely Texts

Madison, Wis.—As many as 40% of high school graduates from low-income households who have been accepted into college fail to enroll in the fall. The reason? Students must complete a series of crucial tasks over the summer, from finalizing financial aid to arranging campus housing. These tasks can be overwhelming, especially without the support of the school counselors who helped them get that far. This phenomenon, known as “summer melt,” is most prevalent among students who are first in their family to go to college.

Newsletter June 25, 2019

Request for Concepts: Optimizing Higher Education in Prison

• Request for Concepts: Optimizing Higher Education in Prison
• New Workforce Playbook Offers Guide to Aligning Community College Programs with Local Labor Markets
• ATD Convening Builds on Work with Adjunct Faculty and Open Educational Resources

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