Cleveland State University is one of five public universities to receive a share of a $2.5 million OhioCorps pilot program grant administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Funding will be used to provide at-risk secondary students with guidance and positive role models that will help them succeed as they transition to higher education. CSU received a grant in the amount of $433,132.
“I’m pleased that we are able to award this funding to five public universities that have plans in place to serve at-risk students in their region,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed, and the OhioCorps Pilot Program Grant will help ensure that the students served by this program will get the support they need to achieve their goals.”
Cleveland State’s award will help support a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland that will focus on helping students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). The partnership will build on existing mentoring programs, and Cleveland State students will be trained as student mentors who will work with CMSD students referred to the program. Participating students will receive mentoring throughout the academic year, have access to tutoring services through Cleveland State, and participate in summer programming at Tri-C. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to create a college-going culture in CMSD.
“OhioCorps is a game changer for students,” said Cleveland State University President Harlan M. Sands. “This program provides the essential mentorship support that helps ensure at-risk students are equipped to handle the unique challenges they face. I would like to commend the Ohio Department of Higher Education for making this critical investment in our futre.”
Other universities receiving a share of the grant are Kent State, Shawnee State, Ohio University, and Youngstown State.
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.