Freezing Summer Melt

  • On Monday May 9th, the Higher Education Compact partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and College Now to prevent summer melt.

    Summer melt, unfortunately, has little to do with ice cream. The term refers to the trend of students being accepted into a postsecondary institution – and maybe even sending in a deposit – and ultimately failing to enroll or attend. Low-income students most commonly succumb to summer melt, as they are more likely to be stymied by personal or financial challenges in the summer between high school and college. Many are also first generation college-going students, and are less likely to have family members who have experience dealing with higher education institutions or who may not have the ability to access existing support services.

    To address and reverse the summer melt trend, Tri-C hosted more than 75 students at their Metro Campus as part of “Cleveland Goes to College at Tri-C” day. Participating students were bussed from their high schools to attend Tri-C’s New Student Orientation, register for classes at the downtown campus and meet with Tri-C advisors. This event allowed students to familiarize themselves with Tri-C and its staff while learning about what to expect as college students.

    These types of early connections are designed to increase the likelihood that a student facing challenges over the summer will know where to turn for help and, in turn, lead to a smooth transition from high school to college.

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