Ascendium Announces Nearly $4 Million in New Grants

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ascendium’s board of directors has approved nearly $4 million in funding for new initiatives. This round of grants supports work on several interventions and research projects including:

  • Support for the College and Community Fellowship to increase its capacity to provide in-depth technical assistance to organizations implementing evidence-based success strategies for learners transitioning from in-prison programs to traditional campuses.
  • Work at the Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame to cultivate a shared understanding of the research on student advising and counseling at six rigorously evaluated programs, including CUNY’s landmark Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), and to develop policy recommendations on how to build and apply this evidence base to improve outcomes more widely.
  • A formal analysis by Next Gen Sector Partnerships, an initiative of the Institute for Networked Communities, that will inform the development of training materials and a benchmarking framework for aligning education, workforce and economic development with the needs of regional economies.
  • A UNCF initiative aimed at increasing student success outcomes at a cohort of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), building these institutions’ capacity to serve low-income students effectively.

Ascendium is excited that these grants will create opportunities to learn more about what it takes to help learners from low-income backgrounds realize their academic and career aspirations in a variety of settings.

Learn more on Ascendium's website