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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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September 2020

Key Takeaways: What It Takes to be a Student-Centered Institution Now

Higher education leaders share insights and strategies for keeping student success at the forefront in this summary of a virtual forum hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and sponsored by Ascendium.
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July 2020

How Did Six Community Colleges Design Support of Part-Time Faculty?

The final report by Columbia University's Community College Research Center analyzes the experience of six community colleges' efforts to support adjunct faculty and issues four recommendations to the field.
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May 2020

Remove Structural Barriers to Success

This overview of one of Ascendium’s funding focus area explores Ascendium’s investment priorities supporting leadership development and student success, and the desired outcomes of that support.
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May 2020

About Ascendium Education Philanthropy

This overview of Ascendium's education philanthropy details our strategic approach to philanthropy: how, where and what we fund, our four focus areas and our belief in the power of education for upward social mobility.
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April 2020

2019 Education Philanthropy Report: A Sharper Focus

2019 was not only our first full year under the Ascendium name, we literally sharpened our focus to four areas: removing structural barriers, postsecondary education in prison, rural education and workforce training, and streamlining transitions.
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April 2020

EASE: Handbook for Community Colleges

Students who take summer courses can potentially speed up the time it takes them to graduate. This guide helps college administrators and staff members implement two interventions designed to increase summer enrollment rates.
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February 2020

Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement: A Practitioner's Guide

This guide is designed to support the work of institutional cross-functional teams charged with strengthening adjunct faculty professional learning and institutional engagement.
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February 2020

OER at Scale: The Academic and Economic Outcomes of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative

The research and evaluation of Achieving the Dream’s Open Education Resources (OER) Degree Initiative offers an important demonstration of the opportunity, the task, and the challenges of a systemic approach.
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January 2020

Increasing Community College Graduation Rates with a Proven Model: Three-Year Results from ASAP Ohio

This Ascendium-sponsored report reviews impressive results from the program which provides students with up to three years of supports to address multiple barriers to student success.
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November 2019

Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics

To learn which students are not well-served by existing gateway math developmental educational reforms, we enlisted the NAS to help develop a research agenda and areas for future research over the next five years.
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April 2019

The Finish Line: Graduation by Design

Ascendium committed $1 million to support MDRC's The Finish Line: Graduation by Design project, which explores student behaviors, college policies and institutional practices that prevent students from completing the programs they start.
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April 2019

College Promise Success Initiative

College Promise programs make higher education more accessible by covering tuition, without typically addressing nonfinancial barriers. The MDRC College Promise Success Initiative enables more colleges to supplement their CP programs with student supports.
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