The REAL Act was reintroduced in the House in April of this year, signaling a renewed interest in the postsecondary success of all members of society.
In May, Ascend released two publications: the Father Factor: A Critical Link in Building Family Prosperityanda Parents in College: By the Numbers fact sheet. The brief unpacked questions like: What situations and circumstances prevent fathers from being fully engaged in the lives of their children? What are the hallmarks of engaging fathers effectively? How should we think about reimagining public systems and services to work for 21st-century families? The fact sheet featured new analysis of survey data on demographics of parents enrolled in two- and four-year baccalaureate pathways across the country from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. Taken together, the two paint a picture of postsecondary success outcomes for students who are parents, especially fathers, and the importance of fatherhood for the holistic well-being of families and communities.
On the “Postsecondary Success for Justice-Involved Individuals” webinar, Ascend Fellow and executive director of Ascend Network Partner College and Community Fellowship Vivian Nixon, Ascend Parent Advisor and chief of housing community activities for Ascend Network Partner New York City Housing Authority Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, and program associate at Ascend Network Partner Vera Institute of Justice Allan Wachendorfer explored the impact of access to postsecondary education on justice-involved individuals and their families.
Ascend program associates for postsecondary achievement and innovation Portia Polk and leadership and communications James White moderated the discussion.
Watch the webinar recording here to learn more about the history of access to postsecondary education for incarcerated persons and supports available for justice-involved individuals during and after incarceration.
Find more information on student aid eligibility for persons with criminal convictions and the economic case for investing in the postsecondary success of justice-involved individuals here and here.
RFP for HBCUs and TCUs to apply for funding and technical assistance to support student parent success on their campuses One in five college students – close to 4 million – is pursuing higher education while parenting. More than half are students of color, with Black and Native students more likely to be balancing school …
In episode 101 of the Office Hours with EAB podcast, David Croom shares compelling success stories and recommendations on creative ways for institutions to partner with local businesses and community leaders to offer more support and wraparound services to help student-parents succeed.
David Croom and our Postsecondary Success for Parents partners were featured in NPR discussing the opportunities for colleges and universities to make higher ed more accessible for parenting students. “Parents experience this concept called time poverty,” says David Croom, the assistant director for postsecondary achievement and innovation at Ascend at the Aspen Institute. “They have about …
Student parents are a key population - one that represents over 20 percent of the postsecondary student population and the state of California. How can the state’s systems prepare for this key population?
It took me many years as a professional in the world of higher education before I had a personal epiphany: for me and my family, our academic success as student parents was not only a two-generation (2Gen) strategy that uplifted me and my children, it was a four-generation strategy that set up our family’s success for generations to come.
On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Family Prosperity Innovation Community hosted a panel discussion about the recently proposed federal legislation on paid leave. This webinar presented how and why this proposed legislation matters and shared opportunities to advance paid leave locally and nationally. Watch Now https://vimeo.com/557745729 Presenters and Panelists Vicki Shabo …
Ascend at the Aspen Institute and The Jed Foundation Release a New Mental Health Framework with Recommendations for Supporting the Mental Health of Students Who Are Parents Washington, DC – A new study released today by Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) and The Jed Foundation (JED) finds that more than two in five (43 percent) …
After Yoslin had her first son, she knew she had to go to college and earn her degree to break her family’s cycle of poverty. During that time, she applied to become a Generation Hope scholar and has been part of their program for four years.
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Lesley Del Rio and her son Leo enjoy all the great activities that the state offers. She graduated from Florence Crittenton High School in 2013 and is working toward her B.A. degree in business administration through an online platform called AdvanceEDU and Southern New Hampshire University.