2012 Symposium: College Readiness

On June 11, 2012 the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland launched the first Annual Best Practices Symposium.  The day long event focused on making sure Greater Cleveland students were prepared for college.  Featured speakers of the event included:

  • James L. Applegate, Vice President, Program Development, Lumina Foundation for Education
  • Eric S. Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, ClevelandMetropolitanSchool District
  • Dr. Charis McGaughy, Director of Partnerships and Development Division, Educational PolicyImprovementCenter (EPIC)
  • Randell McShepard, Vice President, Public Affairs, RPM International, Inc.; Co-Founder, PolicyBridge
  • Don R. Slocum, Founder and Executive Director, Neighborhood Leadership Institute
  • Hal Smith, Vice President, Education and Youth Development, National Urban League
  • Brenda Stotesbery, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Cuyahoga Community College

In addition to these distinguished speakers, the Degrees by Design Symposium featured an afternoon panel discussion with students who have benefited from readiness interventions such as dual-enrollment, post-secondary educational opportunities and  summer bridge programs.  These students shared their perspectives on the importance of being prepared for college both academically and culturally.


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