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What is Ascend?

Ascend is a free, data-driven professional learning program. Ascend enables college instructors 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. For example, students are more likely to engage, persist, and succeed in class when they experience certain learning conditions, like identity safety, belonging, and a growth mindset culture. Ascend helps educators measure and improve these conditions.


When educators use Ascend, they collect ongoing, formative feedback from their students. They also learn best practices for using students’ feedback to improve student experience and engagement. By working in partnership with their students, educators are able to create a learning environment that supports student engagement, equity, and learning. Ascend is used over multiple cycles of inquiry and action (typically 3-4 cycles over a semester or term). In each cycle, educators: 


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