KeyBank and CSU Support CMSD Graduates
Article by Kevin Ziegler, Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University will receive a $1 million grant from the KeyBank Foundation to fund the KeyBank Foundation Scholars Program, a series of initiatives designed to increase the rate of on-time completion of undergraduate programs at CSU by students who graduated from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
The support programs will begin in the 2016-2017 academic year and will apply to incoming freshmen and current students who came to CSU from CMSD. KeyBank Foundation Scholars will benefit from cohort and peer relationship building activities, extra engagement with academic advisors, guidance in securing on-campus employment and scholarship opportunities, as well as instructional support for coursework.
Approximately 150 CMSD graduates enroll at CSU as freshmen each year and program advisors will follow these students’ progress. Measures will include retention after the freshman year, grade point average and graduation rates, with an aim toward raising performance in each category to levels equal to or above the general CSU student population.
“This philanthropic investment is very much in the spirit of the KeyBank Foundation’s commitment to enhancing education in Northeast Ohio. We have worked closely with CSU to pinpoint the unique needs of Cleveland students, especially those who are first in their families to attend college, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to support their success,” said Margot Copeland, CEO of the KeyBank Foundation.
Among the initiatives is a seven-week summer academic program that encourages incoming freshman students to transition successfully into a college setting by completing required courses and building peer relationships ahead of the traditional fall semester start date. Successful completion of the program results in students being eligible for a book scholarship that is renewable for up to four years. Another core component of the program is expansion of the number of Student Peer Instructors, an initiative that identifies current CSU students who complete courses with exceptional grades to become peer instructors. These individuals receive special training to be able to provide additional instructional support alongside faculty members.
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