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Ascend

Advance Equity & Student Success

Ascend is a data-driven professional learning program that enables college instructors and administrators to learn how their students are experiencing courses and what they can do to make those experiences more equitable, more engaging, and more supportive of student success.

Shared language and change ideas.

Realtime, actionable feedback for instructors.

Guides & protocols for collaboration.

Disaggregated data for monitoring impact.

Access to a growing, national collaborative.

Students are more engaged and successful when they experience classroom conditions like identity safety and belonging. Ascend helps educators optimize those conditions through:

Why Ascend?

Soar to New Heights with Ascend!

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How does Ascend work?

Ascend is a data-driven professional learning program that enables college instructors and administrators to learn how their students are experiencing courses and what they can do to make those experiences more equitable, more engaging, and more supportive of student success.

Timely reports reveal the learning conditions in each class and how they are changing.

2. Reflect on Feedback

A 5-10 minute, customizable survey shows how students experience each class.

1. Elevate Student Voice

Implement the selected strategies. Then start a new cycle to assess impact & keep growing.

4. Improve & Repeat

Consult practice guides and protocols to decide what new practices to test out.

3. Select New Practices

Research

Read the research from the Student Experience Project (SEP) on how students’ experiences of their learning environments affect their success.

Ascend Case Study

To support student success, faculty and campus leaders need to feel a sense of belonging too.

It was nice to know that our voices were being heard even if we weren’t raising our hand and saying it out loud. You can say it anonymously and still get your point across.

Iyama Bradford
Student

Cypress College

The Ascend Community in Action

First launched at Stanford in 2019, today Ascend is used in colleges and universities across the country.

Instructor Insights

"... [Ascend helps me] assure all of my students think they belong and can succeed in my class."

Faculty Reflections

Real time feedback supports improved retention, engagement, and pass rates.

Hear more faculty reflections.

In Students' Words

Instructors can use student feedback to improve student engagement, well-being, and success.

I have been wanting to look at my equity gaps in my classes for quite some time, but I didn’t really know where to start, so I really like that they held my hand through this entire process and made it easy for me.

Dr. Joyce Lin
Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies

CSU Fullerton

What I really like about Ascend is the real-time data to see what is working and what is not working in my class… I really felt supported in my ability to create change [so all students feel valued, respected, and capable of earning a college degree].

Heather Robbins
Senior Lecturer
University of Toledo

Sign Up for Ascend Basic

Ascend Basic is perfect for a group of 1-10 motivated, self-facilitated instructors. This free option enables instructors to survey students 3-8 times and receive timely, class-level reports with disaggregated survey results and trends. Instructors use Ascend’s self-service support portal to access resources and find answers to commonly asked questions.

Questions?

Do you have questions about what learning conditions are, program setup, how to lead an Ascend community, and more?

Sign Up for Ascend Basic

Ascend Basic is perfect for a group of 1-10 motivated, self-facilitated instructors. This free option enables instructors to survey students 3-8 times and receive timely, class-level reports with disaggregated survey results and trends. Instructors use Ascend’s self-service support portal to access resources and find answers to commonly asked questions.

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