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Higher Education Compact

Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland

The Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland is an alliance between the Cleveland Mayor’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 students’ college readiness, access, and persistence. For more information, please visit its website, 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 President’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 Mr. Oscar Ramos at or Ms. Ashley Williams at .

DEI Advocates

The DEI Network is a joint division-level initiative aimed at connecting university staff, students and resources through collaboration and strategic partnerships. The DEI Network works to foster the following goals:

* Increased student persistence and graduation

* Increased promotion of DEI Values and Inclusive Excellence

* Recognize University staff that serve as DEI leaders   

The DEI Advocate program seeks to give students a personalized university experience by connecting them with knowledgeable faculty and staff who will assist them through periodic contact in achieving personal, academic and social success at Kent State University. The program creates periodic touch points to assist students as they navigate, access resources and continue their academic journey to graduation. The goal is to glean from these interactions perceptions, needs, barriers, and successes experienced by the students participating in the Advocates Initiative.




The advocate program includes:

* Meet & Greet Reception for student/advocates

* Once per semester event to bring students and advocates together

* Minimum of three contacts per semester with assigned students (contacts can be phone, e-mail, social media or face to face)

* Targeted emails to student with tips and resources

* Incentives for student participation


Please click here for more information and to sign up as an advocate: 
DEI Advocates Application