The Higher Education Compactof Greater Cleveland
In 2010, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson spearheaded the creation of the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland (the Compact), a collective effort involving 70 partners from key sectors: government, public education, higher education, philanthropic, civic and youth-serving organizations. Grounded in the knowledge that bachelor’s degree attainment is one of the top predictors of economic competitiveness and that Cleveland is not producing sufficient numbers of adequately credentialed young people, Compact partners developed six-year goals for increasing high school graduation, college enrollment and college completion.
College Now is an active partner in the Compact. CEO Lee Friedman sits on the executive committee, and College Now acts as the fiscal agent for the Compact. Additionally, a number of College Now staff participate on the Compact’s Operations Committee.