What is the Higher Education Compact?
In 2010, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson asked civic leaders, educators, and college and university presidents to develop a plan to increase the number of youth attending and graduating from college. Organizational leaders met to research best practices and explore a data-driven, outcomes approach to promoting student success. This group recommended collaborative and collective efforts be aligned to increase college readiness, access and persistence, improvement goals be established and student progression be measured, monitored and shared with the community through a College Success Dashboard. Mayor Jackson accepted these recommendations and, by so doing, formally launched the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland in October 2011.
The Compact is a promise, a written pledge — from these leaders to do what it takes to remove obstacles that prevent Cleveland youth from going to and succeeding in college.
- Change Cleveland’s culture from one that tells youth “if you go to college” to one that says “when you go to college.”
- Improve performance at public high schools so that youth are better prepared for the rigors of college-level classes.
- Expose youth to two- and four-year colleges and universities to find the perfect fit.
- Help parents navigate financial aid paperwork and scholarship opportunities.
- Provide pro-active care to ensure students complete essential milestones to persist and progress to complete their college degree in timely fashion.
- Assist students to ensure they are prepared for sustainable careers in a rapidly changing and demanding global economy.