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Ascendium in the News July 01, 2020

Commentary: Accelerating Developmental Education Reforms During the Pandemic

Christopher M. Mullin, director of the Strong Start to Finish initiative, explains how, even in difficult times, Strong Start to Finish continues to advance developmental education and support students. A significant new investment from Ascendium, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Kresge Foundation will aid in the work.

Ascendium in the News June 25, 2020

West Virginia Awarded $750,000 from Ascendium to Increase Degree Completion, Leverage Philanthropic Collaborations for Student Success

West Virginia’s Climb aims to arm 60 percent of West Virginia’s workforce with a postsecondary credential by 2030. With grants from a collaborative of funders, including Ascendium, to aid them in their goal, a group of stakeholders will work together to execute key components of the project, including statewide open educational resources and professional development for faculty advisors.

News Release June 25, 2020

Ascendium Awards $200,000 to Madison Area Nonprofits Working for Racial Justice

Four Madison-area nonprofit organizations working to advance racial justice will receive $50,000 each from Ascendium Education Group.

Newsletter June 25, 2020

Strong Start to Finish, Vera Institute for Justice, New Grants, Virtual Events

  • Strong Start to Finish: Unique Pooled Funding Approach Supports Continued Developmental Education Efforts
  • Vera Institute of Justice: Unlocking the Promise of Pell for Students in Prison
  • Aspen Institute Puts Rural Grant to Work
Ascendium in the News June 21, 2020

Rural LISC Announces $1.3 Million Investment from Ascendium Education Philanthropy to Connect Rural Workers to Education, Training and Jobs

The Rural Works initiative includes a cohort of 10 seasoned workforce development organizations that connect unemployed and underemployed workers to training, education and industry credentials in counties across several U.S. states. An Ascendium grant aims to expand that initiative and further support a well-trained workforce in those areas.

Ascendium in the News June 17, 2020

As COVID-19 Forces Rapid Move Online, Ascendium Supports Free Online Methods Training for Math Faculty

Faculty representing nearly 50 two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions will participate in a virtual learning series thanks in part to a grant from Ascendium. The series, led by the Dana Center, will focus on entry-level college mathematics courses, including classes taught with co-requisite support.

Ascendium in the News June 03, 2020

Community College Leadership Program to be Upgraded

A new innovative curriculum, funded with a grant from Ascendium, is being developed at the University of Maryland Global Campus, with a special focus on upgrading and redesigning to reflect challenges faced by community college leaders today.

Newsletter May 28, 2020

New Website, Investment Priorities and More

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  • Measuring Success
  • Focus Area Investment Priorities in Action
News Release May 28, 2020

Ascendium Education Group Announces New Philanthropy Website, Investment Priorities

The new website points partners to critical information on how Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that learners from low-income backgrounds can achieve upward socioeconomic mobility.

Spotlight May 19, 2020

Strong Start to Finish

Learn about Strong Start to Finish, the groundbreaking pooled-funding project on developmental education

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