Resource Library | Ascendium Education Group, Inc. Skip to main content

EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

Resource Library

Sharing knowledge is at the heart of our mission. Explore Ascendium’s growing library of publications that examine the complex challenges facing postsecondary learners, and how we’re helping our partners address them.

Focus Area
accordion-plus icon accordion-minus icon
Resource Type
accordion-plus icon accordion-minus icon
EP Resource GreatMisalignment Instagram Square copy
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

The Great Misalignment: Addressing the Mismatch between the Supply of Certificates and Associate's Degrees and the Future Demand for Workers in 565 U.S. Labor Markets

May 2024
Researchers found that in 565 U.S. labor markets in which learners can pursue certificates and associate’s degrees, or middle-skills credentials, those offered are often misaligned with actual labor market needs. Based on this data, this report provides recommendations to stakeholders and policymakers to help middle-skill credential providers be more responsive to the needs of local learners and economies.
Visit Site 
ApprenticeshipToolkit resource
The Council of State Governments

Public Sector Apprenticeship Toolkit: Addressing Critical Workforce Shortages in State and Local Government

May 2024
This toolkit serves as a resource for state and local governments to develop, launch, and sustain registered apprenticeship programs to fill talent shortages. Like many other sectors, state governments around the U.S. are facing workforce shortages. Registered apprenticeship programs offer a compelling training pathway for developing the next generation of public workers, especially as many states recently removed degree requirements for public sector jobs.
Visit Site 
Public Sector Apprenticeship Toolkit Instagram Square copy 2
New America

Community College Bachelor’s Degrees in Florida: An Update on Enrollment and Labor Market Outcomes

May 2024
This brief provides an updated look at enrollment and graduation trends within Florida’s community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs after three decades of offering these programs in the state. Understanding who enrolls in which programs, what programs are offered, and the labor market outcomes of their graduates can provide insights into where the state is creating new pathways and where there is room for growth and improvement. This resource also provides information to other states considering CCB program adoption.
Visit Site 
comm bach
New America

Community College Bachelor’s Degrees in Washington State: An Update on Enrollment, Completion, and Labor Market Outcomes

May 2024
This brief explores the experiences of community college baccalaureate (CCB) program students and graduates in Washington using data from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. It analyzes who enrolls in and graduates from CCB programs, what they studied, and what they are earning after degree completion. CCB programs are especially good options for learners who may not otherwise obtain a bachelor’s degree, including students of color, older adult learners, and rural learners. Because of their potential, state policymakers and practitioners need more information about who enrolls in CCB programs and why, and what happens to graduates in the labor market.
Visit Site 
AssessingImpact resource
The RAND Corporation

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Education: Future Implications

April 2024
This report by the RAND Corporation offers a comprehensive assessment of the measures adopted by state correctional systems to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health crisis in state prisons. It aims to shed light on both the immediate and long-term impacts of these measures on the educational prospects of incarcerated learners. As the health crisis disproportionately affected incarcerated adults, those engaged in educational programs faced significant setbacks, amplifying pre-existing disparities and impeding their journey toward upward mobility.
Visit Site 
CollegeAndCareerPos Resource
National Skills Coalition

College and Career Possibilities Rooted in Place: How Rural Community College and Industry Partnerships Help People, Communities, and Businesses Thrive

April 2024
Robust partnerships between community colleges and their local employers are critical to building workforce training pathways that help rural communities grow and thrive. However, increased support for rural community colleges to convene industry partnerships is needed to connect more rural learners to these quality employment opportunities. States also need help implementing policy and systems changes to strengthen partnerships between rural-based community colleges and industry. This report documents how existing rural community college and industry partnerships have impacted the success of rural learners, providing examples of effective partnerships in action.
Visit Site 
challenges resource
New America

The Challenges and Benefits of Pursuing Bachelor’s Programs at Rural-Serving Community Colleges

April 2024
High-quality, affordable, and workforce-driven community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs can provide new or expanded access to employment opportunities for underserved populations like rural learners, adult learners, and learners from low-income backgrounds. However, not all U.S. states currently allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate programs and it can be particularly difficult to establish in-demand CCB programs at rural-serving institutions. This brief examines the landscape of rural-serving community colleges in states that allow CCB programs and provides recommendations for those considering the possibility of CCB programs at their institution.
Visit Site 
2023 AR thumb

2023 Education Philanthropy Report: From Learning to Action

April 2024
Our 2023 report reflects on our continued efforts to build evidence and share actionable insights through our grantmaking. Inside, you’ll read how our philanthropy catalyzes change to postsecondary education and workforce training systems so more learners from low-income backgrounds can achieve their goals. You’ll also get insights into the upcoming year.
View the PDF Visit Site 
Screenshot 2024 04 10 at 4.27.33PM
John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Measuring Student Success Beyond Completion: Involving Boards in the Metrics that Matter

April 2024
The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and additional partner institutions share new evidence on the most useful learner success metrics and how postsecondary education institution governing boards can best use them to fulfill their roles. Focused on how good key metrics can lead to actionable outcomes, this article is part of a larger initiative to leverage the power of governing boards to oversee, envision, and drive equitable learner success.
Visit Site 
apprenticeships cover medical2x
Academic Intelligence

Apprenticeship in America: Rethinking the Role of Community Colleges

March 2024
In this episode, the Future U. podcast hosts two innovators to discuss the leading role community colleges can play in growing America’s apprenticeship programs. Mitchell Harp, dean of apprenticeship programs at Trident Technical College, and Pierre Dubuc, CEO of OpenClassrooms, consider barriers and solutions to apprenticeships, including engaging employers and supporting learners in apprenticeship programs and career development.
Visit Site 
resource shutterstock 621157613
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

PEP Reference Sheets

March 2024
Navigating financial aid for incarcerated learners poses challenges, particularly with federal regulations around the newly expanded availability of Pell Grants. To assist financial aid administrators in this process, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has developed advising reference sheets.
Visit Site 
GP CCRC resource
Community College Resource Center (CCRC)

Lessons from Two Major Evaluations of Guided Pathways

March 2024
This brief summarizes the results of two major studies that shed light on the feasibility of implementing guided pathways reforms at scale and whether implementation of practices leads to better student outcomes. Additionally, the brief offers recommendations for community colleges undertaking guided pathways reforms.
Visit Site 
Loading...