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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.

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September 2018

The Degree Project

Does the promise of a college scholarship early in a student's high school career increase the likelihood that the student will go on to and complete higher education? This Brookings report summarizes The 2011 Degree Project.
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July 2018

Seeking STEM: The Causal Impact of Need-Based Grant Aid on Undergraduates' Field of Study

Prior research often points to students' lack of preparation for the shortage of STEM majors. This Hope Center paper investigates an alternative explanation: resource constraints.
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ResourceThumbnail MakingSummerPayOff CABS MDRC
July 2018

Making Summer Pay Off

How can postsecondary institutions encourage more students to enroll in summer courses? Will that improve their academic outcomes? MDRC’s Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment project explores these questions to encourage more students to enroll in summer courses.
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ResourceThumbnail MultipleMeasuresGuide MDRC
July 2018

Defining Misplacement: Multiple Measures Assessment

Can community colleges boost graduation rates by switching to multiple measures assessments of incoming students' readiness? Ascendium committed $1 million to help 10 Midwest colleges select and implement MMA, guided by MDRC and partners.
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Podcast How to Improve College Placement Using Multiple Measures
July 2018

Podcast: How to Improve College Placement Using Multiple Measures

Can community colleges boost graduation rates by switching to multiple measures assessments of incoming students' readiness? Ascendium committed $1 million to help 10 Midwest colleges select and implement MMA, guided by MDRC and partners.
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June 2018

College Promise Campaign Playbook: How to Build a Promise

A resource for elected city and county officials to build College Promise programs for their communities.
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2018 Ascendium Grantee Perception Report
June 2018

2018 Grantee and Applicant Perception Report

We’ve found that one of the best ways to identify areas for improvement is to ask those who know us best—namely, the grant partners we invest in.
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2017 Ascendium AnnualReport
January 2018

2017 Education Philanthropy Report: Building on What Works

We believe in leveraging existing knowledge to evaluate and support strategies that are most likely to have an impact. By building on what works, we can help more students complete their credential.
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2015-2016 Ascendium Summer Melt Closing Report
October 2017

What Does It Take to Launch a Program?

Studies show that well-timed outreach to prospective college freshmen the summer after high school can help support their entrance into college. This report asks the question: What does it take to set up and run a successful summer texting program?
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ResourceThumbnail Boosting Summer Enrollment with Behahioral Science MDRC
September 2017

Ecouraging Additional Summer Enrollment

Promising results show colleges that encourage summer enrollment can help students earn more credits toward their degree. This second MDRC brief recaps both study phases and highlights the impact of proven strategies for increasing summer enrollment.
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2016 Ascendium Annual Philanthropy Report
January 2017

2016 Education Philanthropy Report: Shared Success

We believe that improving completion rates requires focus on both students and institutions—with success being their shared goal.
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April 2016

Career Ready Internship Grant

Ascendium funded $2.1 million in Career Ready Internship grants to 16 Midwest community colleges to establish and administer paid internship programs to give low-income students real-world experience in their area of study.
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