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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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Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times A Caring Campus Approach

Providing Student Support Services in Extraordinary Times: A Caring Campus Approach

May 2020
This well-attended webinar from the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) explores how colleges can engage students and best connect with them in a virtual environment. Ascendium supported this webinar as part of IEBC’s Caring Campus programming.
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EASE: Handbook for Community Colleges

April 2020
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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2019 Education Philanthropy Report: A Sharper Focus

April 2020
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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Engaging Adjunct Faculty in the Student Success Movement: A Practitioner's Guide

February 2020
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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OER at Scale: The Academic and Economic Outcomes of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative

February 2020
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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Increasing Community College Graduation Rates with a Proven Model: Three-Year Results from ASAP Ohio

January 2020
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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Increasing Student Success in Developmental Mathematics

November 2019
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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The Finish Line: Graduation by Design

April 2019
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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College Promise Success Initiative

April 2019
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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2018 Education Philanthropy Report: Clearing the Path

January 2019
Our 2018 report, Clearing the Path, highlights our belief in catalyzing lasting change that reduces barriers that arise throughout a student’s progression from enrollment through program completion to gainful employment.
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An Exploration of Student Experiences at Tribal Colleges

January 2019
This Center for Community College Student Engagement report provides a snapshot of how students experience TCUs, showing gaps in successful completion as well as how continued investments can narrow this gap.
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Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) in Ohio

December 2018
A new report funded by Ascendium details the findings of the successful ASAP Ohio demonstration, helping thousands of students graduate at more than twice the rate of their peers.
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