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NOCHE Announces Finalists for The 2013 Expys!

Monday, January 14, 2013
NOCHE and Cleveland Business Connects Magazine (“CBC”) are pleased to announce the finalists for The 2013 Expys, a special event to... Read More

The Ohio Board of Regents shines a spotlight on the importance of college completion

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Complete College Ohio Task Force of the Ohio Board of Regents (“OBR”) released a report on November 13, 2012, with recommendations... Read More

A college education pays off.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
A college education pays off. Over the course of a forty-year career, recent data shows that lifetime earnings range from $936,000 for those... Read More

The College Advantage

Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce recently released a report, "The College Advantage: Weathering the Economic Storm."... Read More

Small Companies Benefit from Big Talent - Entrepreneurial Interns

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
For immediate release Small Companies Benefit from Big Talent – Entrepreneurial Interns Cleveland, OH, Thursday, August 29, 2012–... Read More

Revisiting Remediation

Monday, August 27, 2012
Remediation, or developmental education, remains one of the most talked about issues in higher education.  With nearly half of all... Read More

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 offers the largest internship database in Northeast Ohio Register, search for and apply to... Read More

Why intern?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Why intern? •  Internship experience is expected by employers; •  Internships create a competitive edge for students... Read More

NEO Talent Dividend Summit Celebrates 41,000 More College Graduates

Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Summit was a resounding success.  More than one hundred civic, business, and education leaders in Northeast... Read More

The Ohio Board of Regents shines a spotlight on the importance of college completion

The Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend strategies are prominent among the recommendations

The Complete College Ohio Task Force of the Ohio Board of Regents (“OBR”) released a report on November 13, 2012, with recommendations on increasing the number of Ohioans who earn a postsecondary certificate or degree.  The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (“NOCHE”) and the Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend have been pursuing strategies to increase college completion since 2009 and many of those strategies appear in the report. 

Aligning credit hours to degree requirements has been one project undertaken through NOCHE’s Chief Academic Officers committee, as presented by Lorain County Community College Dean of Social Sciences and Human Services Sunil Ahuja.  The goal is to ensure that a two-year degree program requires a maximum of sixty credit hours and a four-year degree program requires a maximum of 120 credit hours, except where accreditation requires more credits. This will assist in adopting a consistent definition of college completion, with uniform requirements for college credentials. 

Through NOCHE’s regional internship program, NEOintern, students and employers connect to enhance internship opportunities in collaboration with the region’s colleges and universities. Click here to visit NEOintern( This initiative broadens awareness of the connections between college completion and college opportunities.

NOCHE, the Ohio Educational Credit Union, and financial aid administrators from the University of Akron, Hiram College, and Baldwin-Wallace College released a three-part series about financial aid targeted to the needs of current college students.  The videos cover topics ranging from where to go for help when financial circumstances change to the specifics of the verification process.  Click here to view the videos. These videos help to enhance financial literacy and planning for students and families. 

REACHigher, the Stark Education Partnership, the Eastern Ohio P-16, the Portage County College Access Network, and the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation are among Northeast Ohio’s most active and involved P-16 Councils.  Each is a member of the Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Steering Committee and each is working to ensure greater alignment and collaboration between the councils and institutions of higher education. For example, the Eastern Ohio P-16 Council is engaged in aligning the curriculum taught at the high school level to the expectations set by the colleges and universities in the Mahoning Valley.  Similarly, the Stark Education Partnership is engaged with high school and college partners to encourage test preparation, enhance dual enrollment opportunities, and more.  These and other organizations are helping establish connection and collaboration across the P-16 (pre-school to college completion) continuum, an area emphasized in the Complete College Ohio Task Force report. 

The Northeast Ohio Talent Divided Steering Committee continues to highlight and promote dual enrollment as a key strategy to increase college completion.  In 2011, NOCHE, College Now Greater Cleveland, and fourteen collaborating partners received a $450,000 College Access Challenge Grant from OBR to expand and enhance dual enrollment programs.  In addition, key partners such as Gloria Dunnivan(Kent State University), Joe Rochford (Stark Education Partnership), and Karen Wells (Lorain County Community College) continue to highlight and innovate in the realm of dual enrollment, ensuring opportunities for students to take college courses while still in high school.  Notably, Kent State University’s dual enrollment program, now in 90 school districts and 27 counties statewide, is expected to grow by over 500% for this upcoming school year.  Data recently released by the university shows that 92 dual enrollment students entered as full-time students in 2008, and 90 percent of them graduated by the end of their third year.  The completion rate will only go higher as many of the remaining students continue into their fourth year at the university.  This is one way to broaden student eligibility and expand opportunities for earning college credits that count toward a degree or certificate before enrolling in college.

NOCHE continues to engage over a dozen college and university partners to continue coordinating Prior Learning Assessment (“PLA”) strategies and policies.  A number of meetings have led to a coalition geared towards developing a common vision of PLA in the region. Through PLA, NOCHE is helping to increase opportunities for adults to earn college credit.

In an effort to assist first-year students, NOCHE member school Kent State University unveiled a new 11,154 square-foot space in the college library devoted to developing and enhancing student math skills.  The Math Emporium employs faculty members and teaching assistants to assist students with their math questions with the goal of helping students successfully transition into more advanced coursework and avoid remedial classes at Kent State University.  This innovation will help to reduce the need for remedial, or developmental, coursework, allowing Kent State University to more holistically assess preparation and placement at the university level.

This fall, NOCHE member school, the University of Akron (“UA”), began providing pathways to meet the educational needs of each student by referring over 100 students to community colleges and other educational partners to gain additional preparation before embarking on the rigors of main campus classes, with the goal of reducing the number of students who leave UA without finishing a degree. This is one way UA is developing institutional systems that accelerate student connections to clear and concise degree pathways, track progress toward academic goals and intervene when help is needed.

Through their community college completion coaches, the Ohio College Access Network (“OCAN”) emphasizes intrusive advising, a strategy encouraged in the report.  Working locally at Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College, these coaches assist community college students by helping with plans to complete college.  OCAN’s Bridget McFadden is a member of the Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Steering Committee.

NOCHE continues to work on cross registration to assist students in taking classes at more than one institution of higher education in Northeast Ohio.  Cross registration allows for more flexible, innovative scheduling, registration and degree-granting policies and practices.

NOCHE member schools Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College have participated in Project Win-Win, an initiative targeting students who are close to completion and assisting them in receiving their college degree.  This and programs like it help to expand programs for rewarding and leveraging meaningful “packages” of academic program work that have been completed, or nearly completed, but not formally credentialed.  

One of the subcommittees of the Northeast Ohio Talent Dividend Steering Committee is exploring and developing a communications and marketing plan to raise awareness of the importance of postsecondary education in Northeast Ohio.  

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