Higher education leaders sign Northeast Ohio Regional Higher
CLEVELAND, June 27, 2018: Nine public colleges and universities in
Northeast Ohio have teamed up to create a consortium agreement
to improve efficiency and effectiveness, strengthen educational
offerings, provide collaborative pathways to degrees and support
the region’s workforce.
The agreement — known as the Northeast Ohio Regional Higher
Education Compact — brings together Cleveland State
University, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), Kent
State University, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County
Community College, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Stark
State College, the University of Akron, and Youngstown
Presidents from the institutions gathered on Wednesday, June 27, at
Cuyahoga Community College for the official signing of the
agreement. The ceremony took place at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton
Center in Cleveland.
“A sense of urgency drives this collaborative effort to help the
residents of Northeast Ohio gain the education and skills needed
for well-paying, meaningful jobs,” Cuyahoga Community College
President Alex Johnson said. “As these stalwart
institutions find new ways to work together, we become better
positioned to improve student outcomes and expand opportunity
for our region.”
The action aligns with an Ohio Revised Code requirement for a
signed agreement from the institutions — along with annual
reports to John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Department
of Higher Education — on the efficiencies gained as a result of
“This significant collaboration between our colleges and
universities in Northeast Ohio aligns with the priority that
Governor (John) Kasich has given to connect higher education and
workforce development,” Chancellor Carey said. “I know it will
lead to greater student success and the continued development of
a skilled workforce for this region and beyond.”
The Northeast Ohio Regional Higher Education Compact aims to create
strong pathways from K-12 to higher education while lowering the
overall cost of pursuing a degree in the Northeast Ohio region
through high-quality educational offerings.
“I look forward to working together with my colleagues from
across Northeast Ohio to provide high-quality educational
opportunities for our communities,” said Kent State President
Beverly J. Warren. “We are committed to student success and
affordable options that put the finish line — a college degree
or certificate — in reach of all. This effort will help foster
an Ohio workforce prepared to contribute and make a difference
at every level.”
The compact will focus on many key goals, including, but not
• Reducing administrative costs and creating operational
• Examining whether unnecessary duplication of academic
among the consortium.
• Developing strategies to address the workforce education
needs of the region.
• Enhancing the sharing of resources, such as
courses, curriculum and programs.
• Minimizing the time required to earn a degree.
• Examining how to allow graduates of Ohio Technical
Centers to obtain college
technical credit hours toward a degree.
• Enhancing career counseling and experiential learning
partnerships, co-ops, internships and workshops.
After one year, members of the compact will send a report to state
leaders outlining the group’s progress.