Ascendium Education Group Grant will Subsidize ATD 2020-2021 Coaching Packages for Eligible Colleges

Today, Ascendium Education Group announced the first two grants of a $10 million initiative to allow postsecondary education networks and membership organizations to continue engaging their members in reform work amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative will allow networks like Achieving the Dream and membership organizations leading the student success movement to offer discounted dues to their member colleges and universities. It will also allow them to adapt their services and offerings to remote and online delivery, even as they continue championing such reforms as data-informed decision-making, guided pathways reform and leadership development.

Achieving the Dream is one of the first two recipients and will use the grant to subsidize the cost of 2020-2021 coaching packages and help institutions continue their student success work with ATD, despite the COVID-19 related interruptions. Eligible institutions are those that serve a student body with at least 40 percent of their first-time full-time students identified as Pell eligible. Those institutions will be receiving an invitation to speak with ATD to discuss their fall re-opening plan and to answer questions about ATD coaching packages and opportunity assessments, and how ATD can customize an experience to meet their unique institutional needs at this time. 

American Association of State Colleges and Universities, which works to expand student access, success and opportunity, promote world-class teaching and experiential learning tied to career advancement, and support applied research and service that advances economic development and quality of life in communities across the country, is the other organization to receive a Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative grant.

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