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Media Partnerships

Our philanthropy amplifies important information across the nation, helping good ideas become systemic change for learners from low-income backgrounds.

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High-quality reporting and storytelling are vital for investigating, proposing, and disseminating systemic solutions to challenges faced by learners from low-income backgrounds. When media highlight problems alongside evidence-based solutions, successful practices have the potential to scale up. Media amplification can also encourage individual policymakers, communities, and government agencies to address critical issues in improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes. By framing and amplifying the issues critical to improving postsecondary education and workforce training outcomes, media partners get important information in front of those who can advocate for and make real, systemic change.

Learn more about how our media partnerships support learners from low-income backgrounds.

Supporting Postsecondary Education Writers and Coverage

Education Writers Association|$175,000|3/2020 - 2/2022
This grant supports Education Writers Association in meeting the professional development needs of postsecondary education journalists as well as media coverage projects related to socio-economic mobility and education beyond high school.

Ascendium-Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

Alliance for Higher Education in Prison|$30,000|8/2021 - 12/2021
This grant supports Ascendium‐Sponsored Practitioner Fellows' participation in the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison's National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, November 11‐14, 2021.

Ascendium‐Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

National Rural Education Association|$30,000|11/2021 - 11/2021
This grant supports Ascendium's sponsorship of National Rural Education Association's 2021 National Forum to Advance Rural Education, November 11-12, 2021 and attendance of 10-20 researchers and career pathways staff as fellows at the event.

Ascendium‐Sponsored Practitioner Fellowships

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness|$24,000|7/2020 - 9/2021
This grant supports the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness in connecting educational researchers with philanthropic organizations to advance high-quality education research.

Accelerating Recovery through Credentials

Education Strategy Group|$375,000|9/2020 - 8/2021
This grant supports Education Strategy Group in developing and deploying a targeted, action-oriented framework for postsecondary institutional leaders and state policymakers to position higher education as a hub for reskilling adults in response to the current economic upheaval. The Accelerating Reskilling through Credentials tools will include rapid response resources and a comprehensive playbook leveraged through a networked approach to dissemination.

Digital Learning Task Force and Policy Recommendations

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association|$250,000|8/2020 - 8/2021
This grant supports the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association in developing an understanding of the nationwide shift to remote teaching and learning, what is working and what isn’t - particularly for marginalized students - and using the information to make policy recommendations to both reduce inequitable impacts of online learning and promote quality.
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