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  • Barriers to College, As Seen by CMSD Students

    Included in the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools was the creation of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Student Advisory Council (SAC). The SAC is comprised of a committee of students from each of CMSD’s 30 high schools representing a cross section of grades and personalities. Student representatives are brought together quarterly to discuss issues of […]

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  • Second Annual Cleveland Goes to College Kick-Off and College Fair

    On September 20th, Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland, College Now Greater Cleveland, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District co-sponsored the second annual Cleveland Goes to College Kick-Off and College Fair at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. The kick-off inspired and motivated seniors to take tangible steps towards realizing their postsecondary goals. According to one CMSD school […]

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  • The FAFSA Completion Challenge

    In 2016, the Higher Education Compact was awarded a FAFSA completion grant from the Kresge Foundation/National College Access Network. The purpose of the grant was to develop innovative strategies aimed at substantially moving the needle on the number of Cleveland seniors who completed the FAFSA. FAFSA completion is the strongest predictor of whether a student […]

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  • Increasing Enrollment by Reducing Opportunities for Summer Melt

    On Thursday May 4th, Cuyahoga Community College – in partnership with the Higher Education Compact, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and College Now – hosted the second annual Cleveland Goes to College at Tri-C day aimed at reducing summer melt*. Ninety-eight seniors from Collinwood, East Tech, Garrett Morgan, John Adams, Jane Addams, Lincoln West, MLK, New […]

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  • Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Shares Fresh Approach to College Readiness at Dashboard Event

    On March 16th, the Higher Education Compact hosted its 5th annual Dashboard Release Event at the Cleveland State University Student Center. The Dashboard report measures Cleveland’s progress towards reaching key attainment goals related to college readiness, access and completion. Cleveland State University President Ron Berkman began the morning by welcoming more than 150 attendees. His […]

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  • 2016 Higher Education Compact Dashboard Report to the Community

    On March 16th, the Higher Education Compact released its 5th annual Dashboard report. The Dashboard tracks Cleveland’s progress towards reaching more than a dozen indicators related to student readiness for college, access to college and persistence at two year or four year postsecondary institutions. Key attainment trends outlined in the report: The Cleveland Metropolitan School […]

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  • Compact and Partners Brief Legislators on State of Affordability in Ohio

    On February 9th, the Higher Education Compact, Philanthropy Ohio, Learn to Earn Dayton, and Summit Education Initiative released the following report: Investing in Ohio’s Future. Now. A Postsecondary Education Access and Affordability Agenda for Ohio. As part of the release, Compact Director Maggie McGrath participated in a policy briefing at the Ohio Statehouse alongside leaders […]

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  • Rethinking Family Engagement

    What is the difference between a parent event and parent engagement?  What role do you think family members should play in the college-going process?  How can we create high schools that are more welcoming to parents? These were just some of the questions discussed at the Higher Education Compact’s Best Practices Forum: Rethinking Family Engagement […]

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  • Got Plans? The Class of 2017 does now!

    November 2016 marked the third time Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools participated in the nationally recognized College Application Month. College Application Month aims to increase the number of low-income and first-generation students who enroll in college by providing them with in-school time and expert guidance to support them as they complete their applications. In 2014, […]

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  • Why We Support Issue 108

    The 2016 election is right around the corner. Included on this year’s ballot is Issue 108, a $15 million no-tax-increase levy renewal that supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the ongoing implementation of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools. Issue 108 must pass to ensure that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can continue […]

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