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For HBCUs, Boosting Graduation Rates May Affect The Bottom Line


For the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities nationwide, boosting graduation rates can be an uphill climb. The schools commonly referred to as ‘HBCUs’ enroll many low-income, minority students who may not be academically prepared for college. At a discussion at The City Club of Cleveland on Tuesday, a handful of HBCU leaders [...]

First Lady Challenges Oberlin Grads in Memorial Day Commencement Speech

Photo courtesy of Tim Rudell / WKSU First Lady Michelle Obama spent Memorial Day in Northeast Ohio. She spoke at the graduation ceremony for the Oberlin College class of 2015. This was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King addressing the Oberlin class of 1965 with his ‘remain awake’ speech. America’s first African-American First [...]

Ohio’s Public Universities Increasingly Rely on Donations

Not that many years ago only private colleges built endowment funds. Now, with the higher costs of education and the shrinking support from state governments, even public universities need to ask for donations. One of the latest is Cleveland State University, which officially kicked off its $100 million campaign this month. If you’d like to endow [...]

Gov. John Kasich’s Stance on Charter Schools

STOCK NEWS PHOTO / IDEASTREAM Right from his very first term, Kasich made his views on school choice–including charter schools–very clear. “More choice, more accountability, more dollars in the classroom instead of bureaucracy will improve our schools, and we are going to have a significant reform agenda,”  he said in his State of the State [...]

National Center for Choreography Launches at The University of Akron

A five-year quest to bring the world’s dancers to Northeast Ohio culminated today with the announcement of the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. The University and DANCECleveland are launching the choreography center thanks to a $5 million grant from the Knight Foundation. It’s only the second facility of its kind in [...]

Allegations Against Charter School Raise Questions about Tracking Online Truancy

FREEFOTO / FLICKR Allegations that an online charter school may be getting paid for hundreds of students who haven’t logged-on in months has fired up the debate about how to track schools that don’t have classrooms, but do get millions in state funding. The two ranking members on the Ohio House Education Committee each got [...]

How Ohio School Choice Moved from Vouchers to Charters

The state legislature this spring has been updating rules for how charter schools operate in Ohio. It’s the latest in the evolution of charters here. The legislature has been tweaking the rules and regulations on charters every year or two since they began here in 1997. The first proposal for charter schools goes back 40 years [...]

Voters Approve Roughly 80 Percent of School Tax Issues Across The State

Theresa S Thompson / Flickr Collectively, more than 90 school districts asked voters for help with more than 100 school tax issues statewide during Tuesday’s election. Most of the levies were renewals. According to unofficial results collected by StateImpact Ohio, roughly 90 percent of those requests passed, along with more than half of new money [...]

Faculty, Students Not Behind Proposed University of Akron Name Change

University of Akron President Scott L. Scarborough.

Scott Scarborough / Photo courtesy of The University of Akron The professors’ union at the University of Akron says it is not on-board with a plan to change the school’s name. President Scott Scarborough announced last month a strategic plan which could include a name change to better reflect the school’s engineering programs. But an [...]

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