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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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Vera Institute of Justice

Beyond Access: Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusion in Prison Education Programs

February 2024
To bridge the gap between promising practices for advancing equity in postsecondary education and current postsecondary education in prison practices, the Vera Institute of Justice launched a multiyear, cross-state, collaborative project to explore racial inequities in both systems. This report presents their findings along with strategies aimed at tackling these inequities in postsecondary education in prison programs.
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The Research Foundation for SUNY

Participation & Outcomes in SUNY College-in-Prison Programs

November 2023
To understand how its programs support incarcerated individuals in New York both during and after their time in prison, SUNY’s Office of Higher Education in Prison created a longitudinal data system. It merges student data from SUNY's system and the National Student Clearinghouse with New York State Department of Corrections data. This report utilizes these combined datasets to examine various aspects of incarcerated learner participation, including enrollment, diversity, course subjects, retention rates, and completion rates.
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Leveraging Apprenticeships to Bolster the Rural Talent Pipeline: Part 2. Guest Mallory Dwinal-Palisch Chancellor of Reach University
Future U. Podcast

Leveraging Apprenticeships to Bolster the Rural Talent Pipeline: Part 2

November 2023
In the second episode of their two-part conversation with Reach University Chancellor Mallory Dwinal-Palisch, Future U podcast hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn consider the teacher apprenticeship model’s potential for scaling to other public sector jobs. As part of their analysis, they discuss how this model addresses staffing shortages through job-embedded learning.
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Leveraging Apprenticeships to Bolster the Rural Talent Pipeline: Part 1. Mallory Dwinal-Palisch Chancellor of Reach University & CEO of Craft Education System
Future U. Podcast

Leveraging Apprenticeships to Bolster the Rural Talent Pipeline: Part 1

November 2023
In the first episode of their two-part conversation with Reach University Chancellor Mallory Dwinal-Palisch, Future U. podcast hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn learn about Reach’s apprenticeship approach to teacher education. Focusing on Reach’s foundation, theory, and practice, they discuss how it addresses rural workers’ lack of access to affordable training pathways leading to high-quality jobs.
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Jobs for the Future

Normalizing Education Resource Center

November 2023
The reinstatement of Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated learners is a positive step toward normalizing opportunity to pursue education and career goals. This digital field guide was created to ensure postsecondary education leaders and corrections professionals have open access to free resources necessary to create high-quality postsecondary education in prison programs that lead to quality jobs and successful reentry.
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New America Foundation

Community Colleges and Apprenticeship: The Promise, the Challenge

November 2023
Community colleges are well-positioned to expand apprenticeship opportunities and create affordable, equitable pathways into careers in healthcare, information technology, business services, and more. Resources from New America detail how colleges can fill the role of apprenticeship intermediary while serving the needs of learners and their communities.
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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Assessing the Use of Administrative Holds

October 2023
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has created an online resource center to increase understanding around the impact of administrative hold policies and practices on equitable learner success. The online resource center includes learner profile videos, testimonials, case studies, and tools which provide context and actionable guidance for those planning an institutional assessment of holds.
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American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Competency-Based Education (CBE) Program Model Mapping Project

October 2023
While many colleges are adopting competency-based education (CBE) programs, few look the same. American Institutes for Research developed a framework and research brief that not only identifies design features and options currently in use by colleges and universities in the U.S., but also helps those in the field understand which features are working and which may be less effective.
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National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Stay Informed Report: Fall 2023

October 2023
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released preliminary enrollment data covering 9.6 million undergraduate and graduate students in fall 2023. They found undergraduate enrollment grew for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis, with community colleges, short term certificates, and second year students and beyond accounting for a large percentage of the undergraduate increase.
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NASFAA
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Prison Education Program Web Center

October 2023
Applying for and administering financial aid can be a minefield, especially for those in carceral settings. This web center provides both financial aid and prison education program administrators with up-to-date tools, training, and news related to the implementation of financial aid for incarcerated learners.
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WestEd

Translating Opportunity: Improving Postsecondary Pathways for Multilingual Learners of English

September 2023
Multilingual learners of English play a vital role in U.S. society but are often marginalized, misunderstood, and underserved in postsecondary education. This report offers recommendations to help educators, policymakers, researchers, and others better serve this diverse population with effective and equitable policies and programs.
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Inside Higher Ed

Modernizing Postsecondary Policy to Better Support Adult Learners

September 2023
Adult learners are more likely to experience stops, starts, and transfers on their postsecondary education journeys than the 18-to-22-year-old residential, dependent learners. This report aims to identify federal- and state-level policies that hinder adult learners while offering policy perspectives that could create more accessible, affordable paths for them through postsecondary education.
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