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Cleveland Goes to College Fair

The 2022 Cleveland Goes to College Fair was a success!

In September 2022, Northeast Ohio students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 80 colleges, universities, training, and career programs at the Cleveland Goes to College Fair. The Fair is an annual event that enables students to think about their lives after high school and develop a plan for their postsecondary journeys by meeting with representatives from various programs they can pursue after graduation.

CMSD juniors and seniors attended the 2022 Fair with their schools during the day. In the evening, students and families from schools and districts across all of Northeast Ohio (including CMSD) were invited to attend and meet with representatives. The evening event also included a panel of current college students who discussed their experiences in postsecondary so far. Staff members from College Now and Say Yes Cleveland were also on hand to provide support with financial aid, FAFSA applications, scholarships, and more.

The Higher Education Compact thanks its partners at College Now, CMSD, Say Yes Cleveland, and Infinite Scholars for another successful college fair!

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Cleveland School Graduates Ready for College But Can’t Overcome Obstacles, According to Annual Report

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Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland Receives $40,000 Grant

Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland Receives $40,000, Two-Year Grant from National College Access Network

Why don’t more Cleveland school graduates go to college?

The Dollars (and Sense) of Higher Education

More Cleveland school graduates ready for college but fewer enrolling, according to annual report

CMSD grads ready for college, but enrollment down

Cleveland Schools Edge Closer to Free College for Every Grad

Ohio lags in need-based grants for college students

Population Puzzle Problems Beyond Kasich Razzle Dazzle

UC, Cincinnati State partnering up to give students an affordable alternative

Cleveland to target $55,000 grant toward getting more students federal financial aid for college

Higher Education Compact wants program to help Cleveland school graduates pay for college

Higher Education Compact Plans to Watch and Advise College-bound Students

More effort needed to get Cleveland students to enroll and succeed in college

Colleges need to work harder to help first-year college students stay in school: editorial

Efforts to help people gain education beyond high school to get underway in Cleveland and Akron: Higher Education Roundup

Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland Presents Third Annual Best Practices Symposium: Degrees by Design


Higher Education Compact Launch 2011

Planning to go to college? Then fill out applications for student aid!

CMSD students more prepared for college, report says

Cleveland students make minimal gains in college access and success

Cleveland schools are showing successes: Editorial

Ohio State University opening student recruitment office in Cleveland

Students in Ohio’s four-year public universities who attended a community college could qualify for an associate degree

Greater Cleveland is mainting the momentum

Higher Education Compact Reverse Transfer Program Increases College Attainment in Cleveland

Cuyahoga Community College’s new leader’s experience is a plus: editorial 

Cleveland school students can succeed in college, officials say 

Creating a new culture of college in Cleveland: editorial 

Helping Greater Cleveland youngsters aim toward college: editorial  

Factor graduation rate into Ohio’s decision on college support: editorial

A test of college completion that Ohio must not fail: editorial 

Knowledge is important but students have to learn how to think, educator says – Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 11, 2012

Cleveland college compact faces a big task: editorial – Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 21, 2012

Group that helps city’s students finish college is moving ahead – Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 9, 2012

Scholarship money should go to help unemployed, County Councilman Julian Rogers says – Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 18, 2012

OHIO takes part in Cleveland education partnership – Ohio University Compass, January 25, 2012

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is crafting a plan for the Cleveland schools and Gov. John Kasich is poised to help make it happen (video) – Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 12, 2012

Cleveland Rocks the FAFSA: Financial First Steps for College Access

Ohio must aim to increase the rate of college completion: Jamie Merisotiss

Assessing the editorial agenda: On balance, 2011 was a year of considerable progress

Mayor Frank G. Jackson announces Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland – Call and Post, October 11, 2011 

All roads must lead to college: editorial – Plain Dealer, October 8, 2011

Boosting Higher Education – WTAM, October 7, 2011

Civic partnership, Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland, aims to boost college graduation rates – Plain Dealer, October 6, 2011

Cleveland mayor promotes effort to boost college attainment among city students – Crain’s Cleveland Business, October 6, 2011

Cleveland Higher Education Compact Tries to Boost College Graduation

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Hannah Downing
Public Service Fellow

Hannah Downing joined the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland as a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Cleveland and worked with 4th and 5th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Hannah received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the Paris Institute of Political Science.

Maggie McGrath
Executive Director

Maggie McGrath serves as the Executive Director for the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland. Prior to her work with the Compact, Maggie worked for the Cleveland Foundation in various roles. Previously, she served as a program associate focused on college access and completion initiatives and as Chief of Staff to the President. Before her time with the Foundation, Maggie worked as a development officer at the University of Chicago. Maggie received her bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University.