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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.

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JFF

Facilitating Institutional Transformation

October 2022
JFF’s Student Success Center Network is dedicated to advancing socioeconomic mobility by equitably increasing the number of students earning postsecondary degrees that lead to good jobs. This report summarizes findings from the first five years of the Student Success Center Network's Coaching Program, including case studies and lessons learned.
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Urban Institute

Getting the Most Out of Short-Term Career and Technical Education Credentials

October 2022
The Urban Institute uses data from the College Scorecard to take a closer look at short-term Career and Technical Education programs overall and in the six fields of study with the most students. The resulting report examines return on education investment for learners, especially learners from low-income backgrounds. It explores debt, earnings two years after graduation, overall debt burden and how each outcome is shaped by program, institution and labor market characteristics.
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Rural Works Highlights Report: Year 2

September 2022
Rural Works, an initiative of Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), focuses on community-wide workforce development programming to support more rural workers. This report shares insights from the initiative’s second year, including expansion into more rural communities and the addition of growing workforce partnerships.
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JFF

How Tools Support Coaches and Student Success Center Coaching Programs

September 2022
Jobs for the Future, Community College Research Initiatives and Achieving the Dream created a set of tools and resources to assist both coaches and leadership in its Student Success Center Network in directly supporting the process of complex institutional change. This brief shares which tools resonated the most with state-based Student Success Center leadership and coaches, how they were used, their benefits and the importance of training to augment their impact on student success.
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Community College Resource Center

Funding Guided Pathways Reforms at Small Colleges: Three Ohio Community Colleges Show How to Do It

September 2022
This report from the Community College Research Center describes how small colleges can fund and sustain guided pathways reforms. It is based on activities at three small Ohio community colleges that have made large-scale changes in practice based on the guided pathways model over the past several years. College leaders credit these changes with improving student progression and completion.
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Rural Matters

Strengthening Educational and Professional Outcomes in Rural Communities (Part I)

September 2022
The first in a four part podcast series, five guests on this Rural Matters episode speak to timely issues in rural postsecondary education. This includes how to achieve better opportunities and outcomes, utilize meaningful partnerships and create pathways to education and career success. Leveraging the unique assets of rural communities, these partners elevate rural America as a viable place to live, learn and work.
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New America

Why Community College Bachelor’s Degrees? Similarities and Differences Across Urban and Rural Settings

September 2022
While a certificate or associate degree may have been enough to obtain a job in sectors like healthcare in the past, more employers are now requiring bachelor’s degrees. This brief from New America explains how allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields can be beneficial to the learner, employer and local economy, especially in rural areas.
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The National Student Clearinghouse Resource Center

COVID-19 Transfer, Mobility and Progress: First Two Years of the Pandemic Report

September 2022
The final report in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s series shows overall declines in both transfer enrollment and continuing enrollment post-transfer during the COVID-19 health crisis. Transfer students over 20 years old were among those whose enrollments declined most. In addition, community college enrollments dropped sharply, aligning with a drop in transfers from two- to four-year institutions, otherwise known as upward transfer.
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CAPR

The Next Phase of Placement Reform: Moving Toward Equity-Centered Practice

September 2022
Many colleges still use a process by which entering students are tested to determine if they're academically prepared for college-level math and English courses. These single, high-stakes tests have proven to be ineffective predictors of students' real abilities to succeed in college-level courses. They also contribute to disparities in early college success rates for learners from low-income backgrounds and adult learners. While changing the ways students get assessed and placed is a key area of reform, it's not by itself enough to eliminate those disparities. This brief from CAPR highlights promising strategies for addressing barriers to equitable access to and success in college-level courses, including barriers that may persist after broad placement reform has been implemented.
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JFF

Ten Ways Institutional Coaching Makes A Difference

August 2022
Institutional coaches are trusted advisors who help facilitate change conversations, share resources and knowledge and provide guidance to college administrators, faculty and staff engaged in implementing large-scale change initiatives. This report from Jobs for the Future illuminates how coaching positively impacts the people and institutions engaged in supporting guided pathways and other student success initiatives.
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Columbus Learning Center Management Corporation

Rural Learning Systems: Regional Collaborative Changing Systems for Adults in Northern California

August 2022
ProjectAttain! is a partner in the Rural Learning Systems cohort, collaborating with colleges, employers and a workforce board to improve educational attainment for adults in rural Northern California. This article details how the nonprofit is working with CivicLab to strengthen their partnerships so that more individuals with some college or skills training can achieve a credential or degree.
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Columbus Learning Center Management Corporation

Rural Learning Systems: Improving Economic Opportunity in Rural Taos County

August 2022
The Taos Education Collaborative (TEC), a partner in the Rural Learning Systems cohort, is spotlighted in this article by CivicLab. TEC brings businesses, educators and community organizations to the table to develop a homegrown workforce. Other rural communities can learn from TEC’s work to build stronger educational pipelines and clearer, better aligned pathways for postsecondary attainment and socioeconomic mobility.
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