A grassroots group, Know Your Neighbors, outlined its mission in an Instagram post: Recognize the effects of past institutional decisions. Establish positive relationships. Cultivate mutual pride.
After steep declines last year, many colleges are projecting decreases again this fall.
As undergraduate enrollment falls, college leaders in crowded fields like Northeast Ohio are fighting to stand out.
“In a way, we, as an institution, have been preoccupied with some challenges that we’ve had,” the university's president said. “I think as we move out of those, we need to become now more of a community partner.”
About 222,000 people have unpaid bills totaling $556 million to colleges across the state for things such as unpaid tuition, parking tickets, and library fines. Public colleges can withhold students’ transcripts over these unpaid balances.
Officials hope having faculty teach more first-year students in introductory classes can help with retention rates. They also are making tweaks so the curriculum offers clearer pathways for transfer students.
The two-year project centers on creating professional learning communities.
The collaboration aims to further the link between the university and industry in Northeast Ohio, where only one-third of the workforce has a two-year credential or more.
There may be light at the end of the tunnel, but guidance is often still changing.
The program seeks to expand the state’s talent pool in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine.