Today, the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland (the Compact) hosted Degrees by Design, a day-long symposium at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center that will focused on ensuring that accessibility to post-secondary education for all Greater Cleveland students.
Participants learned about a variety of college access best practices – including intrusive advising, dual-enrollment, peer mentoring and summer bridge programming, among others – that are being implemented across the Compact to improve college access for Cleveland students.
“It does not matter if a student is prepared for college if he or she does not have the resources to access it. Students must have the awareness, opportunity, support and financing to select and attend a college that is the ‘right fit’,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
The goal for the Symposium is for participants to learn from each other about what is working and leave with ideas that they can take back to their organizations and apply to their student programs.
“The benefit of the Higher Education Compact is this idea of collective impact,” Mayor Jackson said. “Sharing with each other what works and what does not work helps us create a coordinated effort that will result in increasing college attainment in Greater Cleveland. And the benefits to a more educated population are limitless.”
About the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland
The Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland is a collaborative partnership among the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, 17 colleges and universities, and more than 45 community organizations that seeks to remove the obstacles that prevent Cleveland youth from going to and succeeding in college. Launched in 2011 by Mayor Frank G. Jackson, the Compact’s goal is to align the efforts of member organizations to best use limited precious resources and increase the city’s number of college graduates.