The Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland is an alliance between the Cleveland Mayorâ€™s Office and Northeast Ohio area businesses, organizations, and educational institutions. The initiative aims to increase the number of Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students who graduate from CMSD high schools, enroll in college after high school and complete a postsecondary degree. The main goal of the Compact is to improve the educational outcomes of students from CMSD by focusing on measurable outcomes and proactive intervention. Hence, participating colleges and university members of the Compact will track CMSD studentsâ€™ college readiness, access, and persistence. For more information, please visit its website, highereducationcompact.org or contact Ms. Valerie Raines, Chief Program Officer at the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland.
Kent State University is a participating member of the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland. At Kent State, the Access, Retention, Matriculation, and Success (ARMS) initiative was created to provide an institutional and collaborative approach to increasing college readiness, facilitating the transition from high school to college, and enhancing the chances of degree completion for CMSD graduates. ARMS involves the use of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advocates Network, a staff-student partnership that involves regular check-ins to ensure academic success, intrusive and strategic advising, and other programming and activities designed specifically for CMSD students enrolled at Kent State. Along with DEI, many other units, divisions and colleges around the university, such as the Presidentâ€™s Office, Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management, are assisting DEI with the ARMS initiative. For more information about the Compact ARMS initiative at Kent State, please contact Ms. Kaylan Baxter, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The goal for the Advocates Network is to pull the collective resources of University staff, students and others to form:
1) a network of interested parties to serve as advocates for students and
2) to develop a database to track trends, issues, and needs for targeted students which in turn could inform program development and resource needs.