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What enhancements were made to Ascend for 2021-2022?

You spoke and we listened! While we often integrate new updates to Ascend, during the summer of 2021 we made a number of substantial enhancements to make it even easier for educators to create optimal learning conditions for students. Here’s what we did:

  • We made Ascend set-up and implementation more flexible in several ways.

    • We did away with Projects! Now, educators can collect student feedback by Class. Those Classes can be grouped together into several Communities and reported on, even after students have completed the survey.

    • Classes can have several Class Leads. Educators teaching the same class can have the same permissions and report access.

    • We “unlocked” Rosters. Class rosters can be “unlocked” at any time so students can add themselves to a Roster. Individual student Roster IDs can also be edited. Typo? No problem!

    • We introduced Bulk updates. Various Class settings, like the survey schedule, can be completed for several Classes at one time -- and they don’t have to be the same. 

  • We added a Participation Dashboard. The Participation Dashboard enables educators to track participation on the level of student, Class, Class Lead, and Community. Unlike reports, which are updated weekly, the Participation Dashboard is updated every night. 

  • We created a robust Knowledge Base. The ever-evolving Knowledge Base includes instructions, videos, guides, and a number of resources! Best of all, it can be accessed just when you need it: a help widget appearing on every page of the program, information text embedded within the program and in reports, and a dedicated Support Portal found at and users can access it in several ways. 

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