The National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda Drives Toward More Equitable Outcomes in Rural America

Ascendium Education Group recently released The National Rural Postsecondary Research Agenda, a resource that surfaces sixteen critical questions to build knowledge and understanding with the goal of improving, and making more equitable, postsecondary and workforce outcomes for rural learners. The research agenda is designed for researchers, postsecondary leaders and other stakeholders committed to rural learner success.

Sova was honored to partner with Ascendium to facilitate the development of the research agenda with a working group of rural education researchers from across the country.

To learn more about Ascendium’s work in Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training, please visit Ascendium Philanthropy.

Ascendium Education Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping people reach the education and career goals that matter to them. Ascendium invests in initiatives designed to increase the number of students from low-income backgrounds who complete postsecondary degrees, certificates and workforce training programs, with an emphasis on first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans. Ascendium’s work identifies, validates and expands best practices to promote large-scale change at the institutional, system and state levels, with the intention of elevating opportunity for all. For more information, visit

Sova is a mission-driven consulting firm focused on promoting equitable upward mobility for more through reform of higher education and workforce development. Sova’s work is based on the conviction that sustainable, scalable, high-quality innovation in higher education and workforce development must be designed and implemented with rigorous attention to the human dimensions of change. Sova’s core services are focused on adaptive change leadership, strategic communications and will-building, program strategy and design and implementation and support. For more information, visit

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