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           Building the Economy,
           Raising the Quality of Life,
           Shaping the Future

Higher Education in
   Northeast Ohio
           The Northeast Ohio region faces an enormous challenge and opportunity: competing in a global economy built
           on information, technology and knowledge.

           Traditional factors such as geographic access to raw materials, unskilled labor and consumer markets no longer
           create sustainable advantage. Today, regional economic success is linked to the ability to develop and retain an
           educated and flexible workforce. Higher education is a primary resource in Northeast Ohio’s quest to renew its
           economy and to preserve and enhance the quality of life for future generations of its residents.

           This higher education enterprise is also a significant economic driver in its own right. Area colleges and universi-
           ties are major employers. They invest in programs and infrastructure that spur the local and regional economy.
           They improve the quality of life in and beyond their communities. And, they provide the education and training
           that will make a more effective workforce for Northeast Ohio, today and tomorrow.

           The breadth and quality of degree and certificate programs offered by the region’s colleges and universities is one
           of Northeast Ohio’s best – if least told – success stories. This book is intended to highlight many of these suc-
           cesses, and to identify specific programs and resources useful to companies, entrepreneurs, public policy makers,
           news media, prospective students and those committed to regional economic development.

                                                                                                        Introduction             1|
     New Economy, New Demands
     The “Knowledge Age” mandates new and different skills from those of the
     past. It requires workers who embrace lifelong learning and continual adap-
     tation to an ongoing stream of new technologies, processes and practices.
                                                                                   To retain and attract businesses in the region, Northeast Ohio must offer
     The new economy also ties education directly to getting and keeping a         a workforce equipped with the skills for today and the ability to train
     high-paying job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 49 of the        for tomorrow, a workforce that pursues and attains higher education. As
     50 highest-paying occupations call for some type of college degree. To        the information contained here demonstrates, Northeast Ohio’s future
     advance the region’s economic health, it will not suffice to retain well-edu-   growth and economic success hinges on its higher education sector.
     cated workers or attract new ones. Northeast Ohio also must re-tool the
     skills of its existing workforce.                                             Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education
                                                                                   Building a strong economy through an educated workforce
     Internal and external forces are rapidly transforming the region’s economy.
     Manufacturing no longer dominates, and the future economy will draw           The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) is the
     its strength from multiple sectors, some                                      consortium of 24 colleges and universities located in the 13-county re-
     of which are just emerging. These new                                         gion of Northeast Ohio.
     sectors demand higher skills, with enor-
     mous implications for workforce educa-                                        NOCHE works for today and tomorrow
     tion. Older sectors are changing, too:
     many area manufacturers are adopting                                          NOCHE pursues four core objectives:
     advanced production techniques that                                            • To serve as the recognized advocate for, and preferred information
     require more sophisticated education                                             source about, higher education in Northeast Ohio;
     and training.                                                                  • To link our member institutions’ expertise with key area employers
                                                                                      to build workforce capacity and strengthen regional economic
     The shift to jobs that require higher                                            development;
     education is not a future trend: it’s oc-                                      • To facilitate efforts by member schools to increase rates of research
     curring now. Between 2000 and 2003,                                              funding and technology transfer;
     Ohio saw little growth in blue-collar                                          • To provide professional development services to member institu-
     traditional jobs or low-level sales, ser-                                        tions; collect, analyze and publish data on regional trends in high-
     vice or clerical work, but there was a                                           er education; and facilitate efficiencies and effectiveness in selected
     huge surge – 68% – in jobs that require                                          forms of community outreach by member institutions.
     professional, technical and managerial

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History of NOCHE
NOCHE is the nonprofit organization founded in 1951 as the Cleveland
Commission on Higher Education. In 1995, the organization adopted its
current name, revised its mission and expanded its geographic footprint,
becoming one of the first Cuyahoga County organizations to convert to a
regional vision and operations. Today, NOCHE serves the 13-county re-
gion including the counties of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geau-
ga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull
and Wayne.

NOCHE Member Schools
NOCHE members are colleges and universities with a variety of missions,
academic programs and sources of financial support. They include four
major research universities, a medical school, seven institutions with sig-
nificant graduate and baccalaureate programs, four liberal arts colleges,
four institutions focused on specific disciplines, and four large community

                                         Ohio environmentally
                                         clean, high-technology company
                                         (whose) investment in Ohio gen-
                                         erates $7 billion in annual rev-
                                Northeast Ohio alone,             To promote alliances among higher
                                         this company offers 27,000 jobs at            education institutions and related
                                         24 locations and generates about             entities in Northeast Ohio to yield
                                         $2.2 billion in annual revenues.
                                         It’s called higher education.                synergistic efforts which contribute
                                                         - Luis Proenza, President    to improving the quality of life and
                                                           The University of Akron    economic growth of the region.

                                                                                                         Introduction        3|
                                                                   NOCHE Member Schools
1/ Baldwin-Wallace College                                         ble majors and eight preprofessional programs, and a master’s      14/ Malone College
Located in Berea, Baldwin-Wallace is affiliated with the             program begun in 2004. The school’s new Tuition Guarantee          Located in Canton, Malone is a Christian college for the arts,
United Methodist Church and offers liberal arts-based un-           Program eliminates annual increases in tuition and fees.           sciences and professions and is affiliated with the Evangeli-
dergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs. Its 27                                                                          cal Friends Church. Through its undergraduate and graduate
academic departments serve 2,900 undergraduates, nearly            8/ John Carroll University                                         programs, Malone provides an education based on Biblical
1,000 adult learners of all ages, and 600 graduate students.       John Carroll is a liberal arts institution grounded in the Je-     faith in order to develop its 2200+ students in intellectual
                                                                   suit Catholic tradition. The university offers 61 undergradu-       maturity, wisdom, Christian faith and commitment to serv-
2/ Case Western Reserve University                                 ate and master’s level programs in the arts, sciences, business    ing the church, community and world.
Case is one of the nation’s leading independent research uni-      and preprofessional fields to more than 3,500 undergradu-
versities, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in          ates and 800 graduate students.                                    15/ Mount Union College
health sciences, engineering, management, law, arts and sci-                                                                          Located in Alliance, Mount Union is a private liberal arts
ences, and social work. The Case student population of some        9/ Kent State University                                           college grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, embrac-
9,500 hails from all 50 states and 95 foreign countries.           Kent State is the second largest of Ohio’s universities, serv-     ing the computer age, and fielding a nationally renowned
                                                                   ing more than 35,000 students on eight campuses. The Kent          winning football team. Some 2400 undergraduates choose
3/ Cleveland Institute of Art                                      campus offers baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral study; the       from 20 academic departments and a wide variety of special
America’s only five-year college of art and design, CIA draws       regional campuses offer associate degree programs in more           courses.
students who aspire to be professional artists and designers.      than two dozen technical and business fields, as well as bac-
Graduates of the school’s 16 studio majors become product          calaureate and selected graduate work.                             16/ Myers University
and transportation designers, photographers, graphic design-                                                                          Myers has provided business education in Cleveland for 125
ers, teachers, gallery artists and contemporary craftsmen.         10/ Lake Erie College                                              years. With a downtown campus and six satellite locations, it
                                                                   Lake Erie offers bachelor’s degrees in 22 areas of study and        offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s programs in a variety
4/ Cleveland Institute of Music                                    graduate degrees in business administration and education.         of business disciplines. Myers’ highly focused certificate pro-
CIM is a leading international conservatory offering under-         The college promotes study and internships abroad to pre-          grams provide students with specific technical or professional
graduate, master’s, artist and doctoral programs. Graduates        pare students for an interdependent world. Lake Erie is the        skills.
perform with the world’s most acclaimed musical organiza-          only Northeast Ohio institution offering undergraduate de-
tions; 33 play in the renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Locally,       grees in a variety of equine studies.                              17/ Northeastern Ohio Universities College
some 1300 young people and 400 adults receive music in-                                                                               of Medicine (NEOUCOM)
struction at CIM each year.                                        11/ Lakeland Community College                                     NEOUCOM is unique in that it is the medical school for
                                                                   For more than 30 years, Lakeland Community College has             three state universities – The University of Akron, Kent State
5/ Cleveland State University                                      offered thousands of Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Ashtabula           University and Youngstown State University. In partnership
CSU is Ohio’s most diverse public institution, a leader in         county residents the opportunity to attain career and edu-         with these universities, NEOUCOM offers an accelerated
graduating minority students from professional and gradu-          cational goals. The school’s wide array of courses includes        B.S./M.D. program where students can earn their Doctor of
ate programs. More than 800 foreign students, drawn from           particular emphasis on practical business, engineering and         Medicine degree in as few as six years.
more than 60 nations, are enrolled. CSU offers more than            medical technologies.
100 majors and programs, and has the largest percentage of                                                                            18/ Notre Dame College
minority graduate students among Ohio’s state universities.        12/ Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies               Ranked fourth in diversity among Midwest liberal arts colleg-
                                                                   With one of the nation’s largest graduate programs in Jewish       es, Notre Dame is a Catholic institution in the tradition of the
6/ Cuyahoga Community College                                      education, Siegal also has the largest adult Jewish education      Sisters of Notre Dame. The school offers bachelor’s degrees in
Ohio’s first and largest community college serves 55,000            program in Cleveland, and is the national leader in Jewish         29 disciplines, with nine interdisciplinary programs and self-
students each year with 900 credit courses in 70 career and        distance learning. The college offers degree programs and           designed majors, and a Master of Education. In 2001, Notre
technical programs offered through three campuses, 50+ off-          continuing education courses in Jewish studies, Hebrew, and        Dame became a co-educational institution.
campus sites, television and the Internet. Tri-C leads the state   education.
with 27 health career programs, and regularly presents lead-                                                                          19/ Oberlin College
ing arts performers in Cleveland.                                  13/ Lorain County Community College                                With both a leading professional music school and a top-
                                                                   As Ohio’s fastest growing college and a leading provider of In-    ranked college of arts and sciences, Oberlin offers a highly
7/ Hiram College                                                   ternet courses, LCCC serves 15,000 students annually in more       individualized curriculum. Students design their own edu-
The college’s one-of-a-kind Hiram Plan combines multiple-          than 30 two-year associate degree programs. Its University Part-   cational experience; 70 percent participate in service projects.
course study with intense one-course focus. Hiram offers its        nership program brings more than 30 undergraduate and mas-         Oberlin was America’s first coeducational institution and a
900-plus students the Bachelor of Arts degree with 31 possi-       ter’s degrees to campus from eight leading Ohio universities.      pioneer in educating the African-American community.

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20/ Stark State College of Technology                                                               3
Stark State is the largest technical college in Ohio, of-                                                                   10                                  18
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fering 43 associate degree programs and numerous cer-
tificate and professional development programs in five                                                         8
core technologies: health, business, public service, engi-        13                            4                                                                22
neering technology and information technology. Some                              6
two-thirds of students plan to pursue further education      19            1
after graduation, while 25% have bachelor’s degrees and                                                                                                         12
attend Stark State for career-driven specific coursework
or certification.
21/ The University of Akron
Akron offers its 24,000+ students more than 200 un-
dergraduate majors, 100 different master’s degrees, 17                                                                                                            9
doctoral programs and four law degrees. The university
ranks second in the world for the number of patents
produced per $1 million in total research funding, and                                                                                                          17
has the world’s largest program in Polymer Science and
Polymer Engineering.
22/ Ursuline College                                                                                                                                                 24
Founded in 1871 and sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters
of Cleveland, Ursuline College focuses on the learning
needs of women and features a liberal arts core that is
the first of its kind in the country to focus on how wom-                                                                                                                 21
en learn. The College offers degrees in areas including
nursing, education, business, art therapy counseling and
ministry.                                                                                                                                                  15
23/ Walsh University
Founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, North
Canton’s Walsh University is an independent, coeduca-                                                                                                            23
tional, Catholic, liberal arts and sciences institution.
Walsh offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees to
some 1850 students. The curriculum emphasizes values-                                                                                                      14
based education with an international perspective.
24/ Youngstown State University
YSU awards more bachelor’s degrees in chemistry than                                                                                                        20
any other college or university in Ohio and 14th-most
in the nation. Its diverse student body of almost 13,000
– including international students from 55 countries –
chooses from 100 undergraduate programs, 30 master’s
degrees and a doctorate in education.

                                                             Doctoral/Research       Master’s       Baccalaureate        Community College    Specialized School

                                                                                                                                             About NOCHE                 5|
                                                                                     Breadth and Accessibility
     Higher Education in Northeast Ohio:                                             A variety of institutions. NOCHE member schools are public and pri-
                                                                                     vate, large and small, two-year and four-year, baccalaureate and doctoral/
       The Impact of NOCHE Schools                                                   research, faith-based and secular, broadly focused and highly specialized,
                                                                                     located in busy urban centers and quiet, small towns.

                                                                                     An accessible education. NOCHE member schools offer a vibrant mix
     High Quality                                                                    of classes and degree programs during the day, evening and weekend, on
                                                                                     campus and online, at a traditional or accelerated pace, for students of all
     A history of excellence. From the earliest days of settlement, the people       ages. A variety of local and regional initiatives such as Cleveland Schol-
     of Ohio created schools. They prized the value of higher education and          arship Programs and The Ohio College Access Network help aspiring
     sought to ensure it for their children. They had a vision for their own day     students handle the rising costs of higher education. This lively array of
     and for the years to come.                                                      choices offers a place for anyone who wants to learn and grow.

     They wanted institutions of the highest quality. They wanted college ed-
     ucation available to all races and to women. They wanted schools that
                                                                                     Economic Engine
     would not only grow with Ohio, but would help to build it. Bolstered by         One of the region’s largest economic sectors. Higher education in
     national policies that treated affordable and accessible higher education as     Northeast Ohio enrolls nearly 170,000 degree-seeking students who hail
     an engine of growth and a public good, Ohioans enthusiastically built col-      from all 50 states and more than 100 nations around the globe. The sec-
     leges and universities as they developed their state.                           tor employs 27,000 faculty, administrators and staff and has a combined
                                                                                     annual budget of $2.2 billion. Conservatively, that translates to a total
     And they built well. Today, higher education in Northeast Ohio realizes         economic impact of more than $5 billion annually.
     their vision.
                                                                                     An economic engine. These schools are vibrant drivers of economic de-
     Top quality. NOCHE schools offer exceptional quality. They are widely-           velopment, drawing millions in research dollars every year and spinning
     recognized world and national leaders in bioengineering, biomedical sci-        off new technologies and products that improve lives. They invest in new
     ences, distance learning, engineering, entrepreneurship, fashion design,        buildings and infrastructure that create jobs and strengthen neighbor-
     industrial design, industrial psychology, journalism, liquid crystal technol-   hoods. They partner with existing businesses to help employees work
     ogy, management, music, nonprofit management, nursing, organizational            smarter, and they offer a broad array of programs to assist entrepreneurs
     behavior, polymer science, urban affairs and urban design.                       in creating new enterprises.

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Quality of Life
A source of leadership. NOCHE member schools graduate some 27,000
students each year. Many of these individuals make their mark in North-
east Ohio and beyond as business, government and nonprofit sector leaders
who establish new enterprises, invent new products, develop new services
and volunteer their considerable skills on behalf of their communities.

A driver of personal success. In 2002, the Census Bureau reported that         For more
college graduates, on average, earn some $28,000 more each year than
high school graduates. Over a 40-year working life, that additional annual     information,
income amounts to upward of a million dollars more in life earnings. The
college graduate earns both a degree and a better quality of life.
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A driver of community success. Higher education has benefits that ex-
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lations thrive. An educated workforce attracts, keeps and grows businesses,
continually expanding the local economy. Better-educated workers make
more money, and therefore pay more taxes that support better services and
public amenities. A community’s quality of life is directly proportional to
its overall level of education.

A major influence on quality of life. With a strong emphasis on citizen-            QuickFacts: NOCHE Member Schools
ship and service, NOCHE schools offer outstanding programs of study in
social services, nonprofit management, arts and culture, health care, edu-        Accredited College and Universities:   Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees
cation and the environment. Students, faculty and staff contribute tens of        24                                     Awarded Annually:
thousands of volunteer hours each year in community projects. They tutor                                                21,600
                                                                                 Total Employees:
grade-school children, mentor youngsters from fractured families, build          27,000                                 Total Annual Research Expenditures:
homes for Habitat for Humanity, provide free medical services to the un-                                                $262 million
                                                                                 Total Enrollment:
insured, help conduct vital ecological studies, research the best teaching       170,000                                Total Annual Expenditures:
methods and then train regional public school teachers to use them ef-                                                  $2.2 billion
fectively. NOCHE schools offer their communities free or reduced-cost             Total Degrees Awarded Annually:
art exhibits, concerts, plays, lectures, recreation, ongoing education and a     27,000                                 Total Economic Impact:
                                                                                                                        More than $5 billion annually
host of other arts and cultural activities.

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                                                                                                                                                                        About NOCHE           13 |
                                  Higher Education in Northeast Ohio Offers High Quality

         NOCHE Excellence
       Points of member schools are
          national and world leaders in:
            • Bioengineering
            • Biomedical sciences
            • Distance learning
            • Engineering
            • Entrepreneurship
            • Fashion design
            • Industrial design
            • Industrial psychology
            • Journalism
            • Liquid crystal technology
            • Management
            • Music
            • Nonprofit management
            • Nursing
            • Organizational behavior
            • Polymer science
            • Urban affairs
            • Urban design

| 14        Hig h Q u a l i t y
 The class is made up of executives from across Northeast Ohio. They’re attending a day-
 long seminar at Case’s Weatherhead School of Management, and it’s just after lunch. The
 afternoon is to begin with a lecture by Richard Boyatzis, the professor whose expertise in
 learning and emotional intelligence has helped make Weatherhead a world leader in teach-
 ing organizational behavior.
                                                                                                       of the
 The students straggle into the auditorium-style rows of chairs. Yawns abound: the post-
 lunch slump is here. Several lengthy formal introductions are made, and Boyatzis himself
 is finally presented. As he starts for the lectern, he casually reaches out and flips on a CD
 player. Instantly, a Shania Twain tune reverberates around the room, and Boyatzis is sing-
 ing along.

 “C’mon,” he calls, “it’s time to move.” He’s already dancing. It takes a little persuasion, but
 in a few minutes the startled executives are up and dancing in the aisles. There’s energy,
 laughter, confusion. As the song winds down, and people drift toward their seats, Boyatzis
 grins and says: “Now you’re ready to learn.”

 “You can’t learn anything,” he goes on, “unless your limbic system is stimulated. And the
 two best ways to do that are music and scent. I couldn’t figure out how to perfume a whole
 room like this, and some people are allergic anyway, so I figured Shania was the answer.”

 He then begins to describe how learning styles and leadership are interconnected. The lec-
 ture is a highly coherent running stream of leadership models, executive counsel and the
 latest in brain research. The students are riveted, and there’s not a yawn in sight. Everyone
 is talking about that lecture when the seminar draws to a close. People are excited, trading
 ideas and comments on the leadership-learning connection.

 The power of a terrific teacher has overtaken the group. It’s a power found on every
 NOCHE campus, in dozens of award-winning teachers recognized each year for their
 instructional excellence. It’s the power – made personal – of higher education to shape
 individuals, leaders and communities.

                                                                                                           High Quality   15 |
Points of Excellence national and
 NOCHE member schools are
                                                                                     • The Financial Times ranks Case’s entrepreneurship program in
                                                                                     the nation’s top ten.

       world leaders in academic programs                                            • The industrial/organizational psychology program at The Univer-
                                                                                     sity of Akron is ranked 8th in the nation. (U.S. News and World
       • The University of Akron is ranked second in the world for the num-          Report)
       ber of patents produced per $10 million of total research funding, and
       tops in the nation for patent applications per $1 million of research fund-   • Cleveland State’s Master of Public Policy degree was ranked
       ing (American Association of University Technology Managers).                 second in the nation in city management/urban policy by U.S.
                                                                                     News and World Report.
       • The Council of Fashion Designers of America ranks Kent State Uni-
       versity’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion De-           • National Jurist and Pre-Law Insider magazines both rate The
       sign among the nation’s top ten fashion schools.                              University of Akron School of Law #2 on their lists of Best
                                                                                     Value Public Law Schools in America.
       • Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Ur-
       ban Affairs is ranked second in the nation. (U.S. News and World Report)       • Kent State ranks fourth in the nation in business start-ups per
                                                                                     $10 million of research funding.
       • The Financial Times ranks the Weatherhead School of Management at
       Case as the world’s best place to study organizational behavior.              • As an Oberlin undergraduate, Charles Martin Hall discovered
                                                                                     a new way to process aluminum; he went on to found Alcoa.
       • The Columbia Journalism Review ranks Kent State’s journalism pro-           Today, Oberlin has the nation’s highest rate among liberal arts col-
       gram among the nation’s top eight.                                            leges of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.’s in the sciences.

       • Baldwin-Wallace College was one of the first schools in the nation to
       endow a chair in corporate ethics, the Charles E. Spahr Chair in Manage-
       rial and Corporate Ethics.

       • The University of Akron’s Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
       program is ranked second in the nation. (U.S. News and World Report)

       • Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute is the world’s leading research
       center for liquid crystalline materials.

| 16             Hig h Q u a l i t y
             The “new” student: the distance learner
             An example from the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies

             Linda Dale Bloomberg was born in South Africa, immigrated several years
             ago to Atlanta, and, through Siegal College, has studied all over the world.

             Linda is a counseling and industrial psychologist who moved to America
             intending to continue her work and study in the field of psychology. Then
             she read an article in the Atlanta Jewish Community Federation newsletter
             about Siegal College, the nation’s leader in Jewish distance learning. She saw
             an opportunity to take a different career path, moving into Jewish education,
             and knew that studying at Siegal would mean she could continue to work
             and parent her three children.

the          Today, Linda has completed her master’s degree in Judaic studies. She at-

             tended courses offered in Atlanta and taught from New York, Jerusalem and
             Cleveland. Her nearest “classmates” were in Atlanta, Birmingham, Cleve-
             land, Milwaukee, Dallas and Houston.

             “We don’t just study by video conference,” she says. “Professors are always
             available by phone and e-mail, and the classes form study groups to share
             resources and experiences. The academic standards are extremely high, and I
             was delighted to find I could respond to that demand after twenty years out
             of school.”

             As part of her master’s, Linda elected to complete an internship in adult
             Jewish education, which further sharpened her goals. She now has been ac-
             cepted to a doctoral program in adult education and organizational learning
             at Columbia University.

                                                                                              High Quality   17 |
       NOCHE Member Schools Take the Lead in Transforming Learning                   The first year of college is critical: students who struggle with new ways
                                                                                     of learning often do not return for a second year. The University of
       While conventional images of learning remain centered on massive lecture      Akron is a co-leader (with Portland State University) of one of only 12
       halls, chalkboards and ivy-covered walls, Northeast Ohio colleges are in      American Association for Higher Education Carnegie Clusters in the
       the forefront of transforming the learning process – on campus and off.        Carnegie Academy Campus program. These clusters will provide national
       The region’s changing face of higher education includes new buildings that    leadership on the scholarship of teaching and learning.
       emphasize interaction and dialogue among groups of learners, creative use
       of new technologies that deliver high quality education to off-campus stu-     Akron was chosen to lead this three-year effort aimed at improving first-
       dents, clinical learning and field study opportunities that place students     year college students’ learning and success, and strengthening the qual-
       in hundreds of “real world” environments, and new degree programs that        ity and effectiveness of first-year programs, because of its reputation as a
       draw from multiple disciplines and institutions.                              leader in teaching, learning and scholarship. In the next three years, the
                                                                                     Carnegie Cluster expects to develop a toolbox of successful approaches to
       In 2003, Case announced it would invest $181 million in a three- to           good first-year learning outcomes that can be adapted to different disci-
       five-year plan to become “the most powerful learning environment in the        plines and types of institutions.
       world.” In part, the plan calls for more money directed to research and
       hiring more researchers. Already one of the nation’s most-wired campuses,     The Cleveland Institute of Art is collaborating with Case’s Weath-
       Case will expand wireless access across the campus and its east side Uni-     erhead School of Management to gather data on the learning styles of
       versity Circle home.                                                          first-year students. The information will be used to shape the fundamental
                                                                                     curriculum and help students understand their own individual learning
       The Internet2 Consortium is a nationwide partnership of universities,         styles. The Art Academy of Cincinnati and the Columbus College of Art
       businesses and government working to develop and test next-generation         and Design also are participating.
       technologies for education and research. Northeast Ohio members include
       Case, The University of Akron, Kent State, Cleveland State, the               The CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program at the Case School of
       Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art,              Law is a national leader in a farsighted new form of law school instruc-
       one of the first art and design schools to participate.                        tion. The program delivers real-life lawyering experience from the first day
                                                                                     of classes, with the goal of teaching lawyering skills hand-in-hand with
       The OneCleveland collaboration, a first in the nation, will bring together     legal theory. Graduates will enter the profession equipped with real-world
       online the children of the Cleveland Municipal School District, attendees     knowledge as well as formal legal education.
       at cultural institutions in University Circle, physicians and caretakers in
       regional health care systems, police and fire professionals, public agen-      Ursuline College offered the first graduate program in palliative-care
       cies and the people they serve, and the research capabilities at NOCHE        nursing in the U.S. in 1998 through the College’s Breen School of Nurs-
       member schools.                                                               ing. The program is one of few online post-master’s certificate programs
                                                                                     of this type in the country.

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The Center for Studies of Clinical Performance at NEOUCOM has gar-
nered national recognition for teaching students the communication skills
they need to become good doctors. Physician raters and standardized pa-
tients – people from the community trained to portray a patient with a
specific disease or injury – grade students on their communication and
physical diagnosis skills.

NOCHE Member Schools Teach Online
Online distance learning is one of education’s fastest-growing markets. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in the 2000-2001 academic
year, more than 3 million people were enrolled in distance education programs at two- and four-year institutions. NOCHE schools are leaders in the online
education marketplace.

The Cleveland Institute of Music offers distance learning in pure music, K-12 interdisciplinary studies, professional development and community service.

Kent State University offers an online master’s degree program in public administration, while students at Cleveland State can earn a master’s degree in
health science offered in an online format.

Siegal College is the national leader in Jewish distance learning.

Myers University was the first college in Northeast Ohio to offer complete bachelor’s degree programs online.

Ursuline College’s online palliative-care program enrolls students throughout the country from states including Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota,
New Jersey, New York and Texas.

Yahoo! Internet Magazine ranks Notre Dame College as one of the 100 most wired campuses in the nation, the Wayne College campus of The University of
Akron as the second most wired two-year institution in the country, and Mount Union first in Ohio and third in the nation among liberal arts colleges with
similar characteristics. Kent State has made the list every year since the list was first published.

Northeast Ohio is a national leader in a new survey of universities with the best wireless Internet access. Intel Corporation’s list of the “100 most unwired college
campuses” ranks Case No. 4 and The University of Akron No. 7.

                                                                                                                                               High Quality             19 |
Higher Education in Northeast Ohio is an Economic Engine

       Higher education furthers economic development
       within and beyond Northeast Ohio. NOCHE mem-
       ber schools offer a comprehensive business curriculum
       ranging from the associate degree through the doctor-
       al level, with nationally and internationally recognized
       areas of specialty. Graduates of these business, engi-
       neering, biosciences, industrial design, information
       technology and health care programs are leaders in
       business locally, nationally and across the world.

       In addition to these academic offerings, NOCHE
       schools sponsor an array of programs that support the
       region’s business community. These programs provide
       crucial research and data, support workforce devel-
       opment, team with local communities for long-term
       planning, and assist entrepreneurs.

       Several NOCHE member schools have formed part-
       nerships to address specific areas of need in Northeast
       Ohio’s economy, among them preparing individuals
       for jobs in sectors where there are shortages of quali-
       fied workers, growing jobs in the high-tech sector, and
       expanding Northeast Ohio’s reach into international

       For every $4,700 per year the state invests in an
       undergraduate student, that individual will re-
       turn more than $90,000 in income taxes over a
       lifetime of employment, a return of 1900% on
       the original investment.
                          - Cleveland State University
| 20              Eco n o m i c E n g i n e
NOCHE Member Schools Build Community Infrastructure                               • The Honors Complex, a residence hall and learning facility for aca-
                                                                                    demically elite students.
When NOCHE schools invest in new buildings, they provide jobs in con-               Enrollment in the program
struction, ongoing maintenance, and in the business of the facility itself.         has more than doubled
Many campus buildings offer programs for residents in surrounding areas.             since 2000.
                                                                                  • A state-of-the-art field house,
                                 In 2003, John Carroll University                   the finest in Ohio and one
                                 opened the Dolan Center for Science                of the best in the nation;
                                 and Technology, which houses the de-             • A new student affairs building
                                 partments of mathematics and computer              with one-stop service for all
                                 science, psychology, physics, biology and          student administrative needs.
                                 chemistry, and has 100 state-of-the-art
                                 labs, 79 dedicated to research and 21 for      Completed in 2001, Ursuline College’s $6.8 million Bishop Anthony
                                 teaching.                                      M. Pilla Student Learning Center offers classrooms, labs, academic offices
                                                                                and an array of student services. Six new tennis courts are joining new soc-
                                  Oberlin College’s “The New Oberlin            cer and softball fields. Since 1997, the College has invested nearly $12 mil-
Century” campaign is a $165 million effort that includes new facilities and      lion in significant repairs and renovations to enhance student learning.
renovations to existing structures. The campaign supported construction of
the Oberlin Science Center and the $6.6 million Adam Joseph Lewis Center        Youngstown State has invested $5 million to renovate existing build-
for Environmental Studies, the campus’ first “green” building. Designed by       ings. Half of that amount has been invested in the Beeghly Center, where
renowned “green” architect William McDonough, the building incorporates         the fitness center and swimming pool are open to the public. A new
technologies that aim for sustainable energy consumption in the future, in-     Sprinturf surface has been placed at Stambaugh Stadium, which hosts not
cluding biologically based wastewater treatment and solar panels atop the       only YSU athletic events but also many area high school football games.
roof. Efforts are under way to build a new visual arts center to accommodate     The school also is building a $3.3 million, 18,000 square foot addition
Oberlin’s 300 percent increase in art majors, and to construct a black box      to the growing College of Fine and Performing Arts, and plans in 2005
theater for student productions.                                                to open a new $12 million student recreation and wellness center funded
                                                                                entirely through private gifts.
The “New Landscape for Learning,” a five-year campus improvement, is
nearing completion at The University of Akron. The $300 million cam-            The Cleveland Institute of Music is more than half way through its
paign includes construction of nine new buildings, renovation of 14 existing    $40 million “Campaign for CIM,” dedicated to expanding the current
structures, and 30 acres of new green space, all by 2005. Highlights include:   facility in University Circle. Two new wings will provide much-needed
   • A new College of Arts and Sciences building that includes an out-          practice and classroom space, a new recital hall, offices, a Distance Learn-
     door amphitheater;                                                         ing Center and an Audio Recording/Media Center. Currently, 400 con-
   • A new facility to house the university’s internationally recognized        servatory students and 1700 community residents study music in a build-
     Polymer Engineering program;                                               ing originally designed for 150 students. CIM expects the new wings to
                                                                                open in late 2006.
                                                                                                                               NOCHE Fact Book * 2004          21 |
       Cuyahoga Community College opened its newest lifelong learn-                    Hiram College’s new $12.2 million Lester & Kathy Coleman Sports,
       ing and training facility, Corporate College, in 2003. Now, the school is       Recreation, and Fitness Center is the flagship project in Hiram College’s
       building Corporate College East near its east-side campus.                      $50.7 million Sesquicentennial Capital Cam-
                                                                                       paign. The project is slated to open in mid-
       At any given time, Kent State has between $250 and $300 million of              2005.
       capital construction under way. The university’s current $400 million resi-
       dence hall renewal plan includes the recently completed Phase One con-          In late 2004, Lake Erie College opened its
       struction of six new halls housing 1200 students.                               new $9.5 million athletic and wellness center,
                                                                                       featuring a suspended running track and two
       Myers, the oldest private university in Cleveland, is expanding its down-       gymnasiums.
       town presence by adding the former University Club to its campus. A
       19th-century Victorian mansion, the building has been completely reno-          Through an innovative public/private partner-
       vated and houses the Myers University Midtown Campus.                           ship, Stark State built and equipped the W.R.
                                                                                       Timken Center for Information Technology,
       The Peter B. Lewis Building at                                                  which features 44,000 square feet of classroom
       Case houses the Weatherhead                                                     and laboratory space dedicated to teaching in-
       School of Management in a                                                       formation technology and engineering technol-
       $61.7 million signature structure                                               ogy courses. The $8 million center was funded
       designed by renowned architect                                                  through $5.1 million from the State of Ohio
       Frank Gehry. State-of-the-art                                                   complemented by $1.6 million from The Tim-
       classrooms are wired for multi-                                                 ken Foundation, The Timken Company and
       media and video conferencing                                                    Timken family members. The College raised an
       with schools and organizations                                                  additional $1.3 million from local businesses,
       worldwide. Every seat has power                                                 organizations and individuals to equip the fa-
       and data connections to Case’s                                                  cility, which was dedicated in June 2004.
       fiber optic network and the Internet. The entire building also has wireless
       computing for students and faculty, and features the fastest broadband
       computer network at any university today.

       Some $217 million more of investment in learning on the Case campus                 Manufacturing, which offered good pay for rela-
       includes the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein research facility, the new Art Stu-       tively low-skill jobs, once dominated Ohio’s econo-
       dio, renovations to the Sears and Nord buildings, demolition and renova-            my. But in the latest “Weatherhead 100” from Case’s
       tion on the Western Campus at the site of the former Mt. Sinai Medical              Weatherhead School of Management, a list of the
       Center, and an $80 million project on the North Campus that will include            region’s fastest-growing companies, only 18% were
       student housing, playing fields, a fitness center, a 1200-space parking ga-           manufacturing firms.
                  new field house.
       rage and a Eco n o m i c E n g i n e
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                                                                                                                                Economic Engine              23 |
       NOCHE Member Schools Transform Research and Technology                       • Did you know that cancer cells have a higher number of B-12 recep-
       into Products for Daily Life                                                   tors than normal cells? A compound containing B-12 and developed
                                                                                      at The University of Akron may be able to carry cancer-killing chem-
       Technology transfer – from the lab to the marketplace – thrives in North-      icals to tumors more effectively. In 2001, The University of Akron
       east Ohio. Several of the region’s research universities – The University      licensed the compound to the Cleveland Clinic, which has partnered
       of Akron, Kent State and Case – have hundreds of technology transfer           with Ricerca Biosciences LLC, a Northeast Ohio contract research
       applications in process.                                                       firm, to test and produce the compound.

       The University of Akron                                                      • Sometimes technology transfer is just about fun. A new type of poly-
       Between 1996 and 2000, Akron ranked second in the nation in inventions         mer discovered by a University of Akron researcher changes color
       disclosed per $1 million of university research, and first in the number of     with temperature. That phenomenon has led to a line of specialty
       patent applications per $1 million of research, according to the Associa-      candles under the trademark Colorsine; the candles change color
       tion of University Technology Managers.                                        while burning and return to the original color when extinguished.

          • When you look at a flat computer                                                    Kent State
            screen, the picture has great quality.                                             Kent State is fourth in the nation in business start-ups per
            But when you have a wider angle                                                    $10 million of research funding. A number of start-up
            of view, the image distorts. C-plate                                               companies in the area derive from this university’s intel-
            technology invented in The Univer-                                                 lectual property and faculty expertise.
            sity of Akron’s polymer science labs
            corrects this effect. The technology                                                 • Three scientists affiliated with Kent State’s world-re-
            will make a wide variety of consumer                                                  nowned Liquid Crystal Institute established AlphaMi-
            products easier on your eyes.                                                         cron Inc. in Kent in 1997. AlphaMicron has patented
                                                                                                  liquid-crystal-based technology that gives eyewear users
                                                                                                  instant control over tint and color of light. This technol-
            Did You Know?
                                                                                                  ogy was first applied to visors on helmets used by U.S.
            Key areas for federal research funding and                                            Air Force pilots. Now, the company is pursuing com-
            technology transfer in Northeast Ohio in-                                             mercialization of the technique for the consumer eye-
            clude advanced materials; biomedical                                                  wear market, in particular ski goggles, motorcycle hel-
            technology; manufacturing techniques;                                                 mets and sunglasses.
            aeronautics and aerospace; and instru-
            ments, controls and electronics.                                                    • When Hana Microdisplay Technologies Inc. was estab-
                                                                                                  lished in 1999, the president and CEO was the company’s
                                                                                                  sole employee. In just five years, the payroll has grown
                                                                                                  to more than 100, and the facility has expanded from
                                                                                                  8,000 to 30,000 square feet. Twinsburg-based Hana as-
                  Eco n o m i c E n g i n e
                                                                                                  sembles micro-displays for rear-projection televisions,
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                                               head-mounted displays,           • Researchers from the Case Schools of Engineering and Medicine have
                                               telecom devices, sensors           developed a biodegradable polymer rod, smaller than the tip of a pen-
                                               and camera modules, and            cil, which can deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into tumors. This new
                                               also helps companies to            delivery system minimizes exposure of healthy tissues to the potent
                                               develop new micro-dis-             drugs, while increasing the drug dosage to the tumor itself. The cur-
                                               play products.                     rent primary application is for liver cancer, but future applications
                                                                                  may include cancers of the pros-
                                               Kent Displays Inc., found-         tate, pancreas and breast.
                                               ed in 1993, develops and
                                               commercializes Choles-         Stark State College of Technology
                                               teric Liquid Crystal Dis-        • Stark State currently is building a
                                               play (ChLCD) technol-              multi-million-dollar Advanced Fuel
                                               ogy. KDI is the exclusive          Cell Prototyping Center that will
                                               worldwide licensee for this        help companies develop and test
technology, developed at Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute. Choles-           fuel cell prototypes before commer-
teric displays combine low power requirements and reflective features that         cialization. The Fuel Cell Prototyp-
greatly improve displays for portable devices that demand long battery            ing Center is a critical component
life, a wide viewing angle and paper-like viewing in all ambient light.           of the Power Partnership’s efforts
                                                                                  to develop the fuel cell industry in
Case                                                                              Northeast Ohio. Power Partnership
  • An experimental breathing system for paralyzed individuals, under             members include Stark State, Case,
    development at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case, was                The University of Toledo, The Ohio
    famously tested by the late actor Christopher Reeve, paralyzed eight          State University and SofCo Inc.
    years from a riding accident. The system, consisting of implanted
    electrodes and wires plus a small external battery pack, stimulates       Northeastern Ohio Universities
    nerves in the diaphragm muscle. Patients can breathe and speak            College of Medicine
    more normally, and the device helps increase mobility and the sense        • NEOUCOM’s five major research
    of smell.                                                                    focus areas include cardiovascular
                                                                                 medicine and lipid metabolism;
   • Nanolayered polymers – unlike polymeric materials layered togeth-           clinical outcomes and health policy; infectious disease and virology;
     er – sound esoteric. In fact, these combined materials have multiple        neuroscience and behavioral systems; and skeletal biology and bone
     and highly practical applications in the field of optics. Developed at       disorders. Supported by a Department of Homeland Security grant,
     Case, these substances will be used in eyewear to shield vision dur-        the school also is studying ways to improve the safety of the nation’s
     ing intense laser activity, such as wartime, and in screens that block      water supply.
     damaging laser wavelengths from delicate manufacturing equip-
     ment sensors.
                                                                                                                                Economic Engine             25 |
       Art and Technology: Technology Transfer of a Different Kind                      NOCHE Member Schools
                                                                                       Support the Broad Business
                           Technology transfer stories from research universities      Community and Drive
                           abound. But here in Northeast Ohio, there’s an extraor-
                           dinary array of new products migrating to the market-
                                                                                       Workforce Development
                           place from the Cleveland Institute of Art. At the 2004
                                                                                       Programs at NOCHE schools
                           Greater Cleveland Auto Show, a dozen of the featured cars
                                                                                       across the region assist the busi-
                           had been designed by CIA graduates or a team that in-
                                                                                       ness community with a variety
                           cluded CIA alums. In fact, the original Mustang was de-
                                                                                       of issues including research, en-
                           signed by a CIA grad.
                                                                                       gagement in the world market-
                                                                                       place, labor-management relations and workforce development.
       Students in the Institute’s T.I.M.E./Digital Arts program (Technology
       and Integrated Media Environment), which marries technology and in-
                                                                                       All NOCHE schools are listed on the NOW Directory (www.nowdirec-
       tegrated media, recently took on the challenge of better communication
                                                                             , a portal to workforce training programs in Northeast Ohio.
       with potential clients. Instead of displaying blueprints and drawings of a
                                                                                       Users are linked to vocational or technical education, basic skills training,
       proposed new parking garage, they designed an interactive garage through
                                                                                       career counseling and related job placement or employment services. The
       which the client could “drive” digitally. The client could then choose de-
                                                                                       enormous array of workforce development programs available through
       sign elements for the structure that would resolve issues exposed in the
                                                                                       NOCHE colleges and universities is featured on the site, together with
       digital drive-through.
                                                                                       the offerings of other public, private and nonprofit providers.
       A number of current CIA students are working on game design – games
                                                                                       The Center for Regional Economic Issues (REI) at Case seeks to improve
       are a multi-million-dollar industry – with the goal of “bringing art to
                                                                                       the economic welfare of the nation – and in particular, Northeast Ohio
       design.” In the spring of 2004, four seniors in CIA’s industrial design
                                                                                       – through a unique program of policy research, education and decision
       program won awards at the International Home and Housewares Show.
       Their designs included a disposable bib dispenser, a reusable container
       that keeps dry and liquid foods separate, and devices for draining cans and
                                                                                       Cleveland State’s 25-year-old Labor-Management Relations Center
       slicing cheese and vegetables in more effective and sanitary manners.
                                                                                       (LMRC) provides education, research and services to labor, management
                                                                                       and the public. Training programs include collective bargaining, perfor-
       The Cleveland design firm Nottingham Spirk is a top example of technol-
                                                                                       mance evaluation and conflict resolution. The LMRC serves area school
       ogy transfer from art. Two CIA graduates have built the firm into one
                                                                                       districts, municipalities, health care organizations, law enforcement and
       of the nation’s leading design groups with a series of exceptionally well-
                                                                                       the professions. Virtually every large employer and union in the area has
       designed products including toys, appliances, medical tools (such as an
                                                                                       utilized the Labor Relations Certificate program, a six-course series de-
       ear thermometer), a new can for Dutch Boy paint that allows the user to
                                                                                       signed to strengthen professional expertise.
       pour paint without spilling, toasters, vacuum cleaners, and the best-selling
       toothbrush in the nation, the Crest SpinBrush.

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Improving management effectiveness is the aim of Ursuline’s new Mas-            By 2006, most television programs will be required by law to provide
ter of Management program. Created in 2003, this graduate program bal-         closed-captioning for the hearing impaired. Stark State partners with
ances the art and science of management and helps managers understand          VITAC Inc. of Pittsburgh to provide state-of-the-art training programs
the critical interface between building productive relationships and direct-   for captioning technicians. Weeklong “boot camps,” online education
ing the organization.                                                          and other innovative course offerings attract students from across the
                                                                               globe to obtain training in this emerging technology.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Cleveland State and the
World Trade Center Cleveland a grant to create a new partnership in in-        Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate College is a new learn-
ternational business. I-TRADE will create and sustain programs in inter-       ing and training initiative aimed at boosting participants’ profit poten-
national trade, international relations and education.                         tial and competitiveness in the emerging Northeast Ohio economy. The
                                                                               curriculum was developed in collaboration with area corporations, and
In early 2004, The University of Akron announced plans to almost               is designed to help them identify, develop and retain knowledgeable em-
double its research budget in the next five years to $50 million. The school    ployees. The Corporate College delivers affordable,
is committed to growing research as an economic engine for the region.         cutting-edge workforce programs at Tri-C’s West-
                                                                               lake facility; a second location opened on the east
The Medina County University Center will be a $20 million, 100,000             side in mid-2004.
square foot facility with classrooms, computer labs, training facilities and
distance learning labs, all aimed at meeting the needs of the region’s work-   Youngstown State’s Mahoning Valley Educa-
force and residents. A county task force and The University of Akron are       tion and Training Institute (MVETI) is a custom-
collaborating to build the Center with key support from Medina County’s        ized employer-driven workforce training agency
business community.                                                            that retrains dislocated workers for jobs in new,
                                                                               growing sectors such as healthcare services and in-
Stark State specializes in partnering                                          formation technology.
with business and industry to provide
training and workforce development                                             Youngstown’s TOPS program (Training Op-
programs. The College’s FirstEnergy                                            portunities for Program Staff) is now in its seventh
Electric Power Utility Technician Pro-                                         year. TOPS is a tuition-remission program for em-
gram and Substation Technician Pro-                                            ployees of selected county social service agencies in
gram offer associate degrees that benefit                                        Ohio; funding comes from the Ohio Department
both FirstEnergy and job-seekers: work-                                        of Job and Family Services. TOPS students gain
ers equipped with this training can apply                                      academic knowledge, specific skills and eligibility
for FirstEnergy jobs, and the company                                          for licensure, which strengthens professionalism in
can replace large numbers of retiring                                          the participating agencies. Students may choose se-
utility workers.                                                               lected courses or pursue degrees.

                                                                                                                                  Economic Engine         27 |
       The SkillsMAX Center at Lorain County Community College (LCCC)                  NOCHE Member Schools Support Entrepreneurs
       helps local companies improve their competitive advantage and produc-
       tivity. SkillsMAX tools are used to assess worker skills and abilities; the     Small businesses are a fast-growing sector of the economy. Entrepreneurs
       college then designs a curriculum to close training gaps.                       throughout Northeast Ohio benefit from support programs at NOCHE
                                                                                       member schools.
       LCCC’s Transformations Program is an 18-week intensive program de-
       signed to prepare dislocated workers for new careers. The classes meet 40       Owned jointly by NorTech and Case, JumpStart works to grow North-
       hours per week and include specific skills training such as CNC, Weld-           east Ohio’s position as a nationally significant center for entrepreneur-
       ing, and A+ Certification, as well as basic academic skills, study skills,       ship and innovation. The organization identifies and invests in early-stage
                                               and employability skills. Because       companies that have strong potential in the marketplace, solid prospects
                                               the program content is based on         for high growth, and are likely to qualify for later-stage funding. Beyond
                                               identified employer needs in the         investing, the JumpStart team provides a continuum of business develop-
                                               area, the current placement rate        ment assistance to its client companies to help ensure their success.
                                               stands at 97%.
                                                                                       The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE), lo-
                                               Lakeland Community Col-                 cated on the Lorain County Community College campus, is a region-
                                               lege’s Center for Business & In-        al innovation center and resource hub that supports all facets of business
                                               dustry works with nearly 50 area        start-up, development and growth. Created by a partnership of the Col-
                                               businesses to provide customized        lege and Lorain County’s Commissioners and Chamber of Commerce,
                                               or open-enrollment training pro-        GLIDE’s objective is to grow jobs and the economy in Lorain County and
                                               grams. Other programs help cor-         Northern Ohio.
                                               porations to improve productiv-
       ity and better compete in the global marketplace; these include training in     GLIDE offers an assessment process that places entrepreneurs along a
       lean manufacturing, ISO, and Six Sigma.                                         business development continuum to better link them with appropriate
                                                                                       services. Free of charge to Lorain County residents, GLIDE also links en-
       Lakeland’s Quality Institute offers monthly networking groups for area           trepreneurs through an electronic gateway to resources in the county and
       businesses to discuss quality and productivity issues. There is no charge for   the region that can bolster their success.
       the networks, which the College views as a public service that assists in the
       retention and growth of area manufacturers.                                     The University of Akron offers a legal clinic, linked to more than a
                                                                                       dozen other university-based clinics across the nation, that helps local en-
       Small businesses are the bedrock of the nation’s economy, employing more        trepreneurs navigate the legal process of setting up a business in Northeast
       than half of all private-sector workers and generating as much as 80% of        Ohio.
       all net new jobs each year.
                                                                        -John Hawke    John Carroll University’s Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepre-
                                                         Comptroller of the Currency   neurship assists small and mid-size businesses through the Entrepreneurs
                                                                                       Association. The more than 300 Association members are all business
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owners or leaders of privately held companies who support one another in                                     developing new LED (light-emitting di-
solving business problems.                                                                                   ode) technologies to boost wattage and il-
                                                                                                             lumination, while shrinking the packaging,
Kent State University’s Minority Business Program conducts ongo-                                             for an array of applications in industry, ar-
ing research on factors that support successful minority business develop-                                   chitecture and health care.
ment, and uses the information to shape its targeted technical training
and seminars for minority entrepreneurs.                                                                     NOCHE Member Schools Collaborate to
                                                                                                             Support Economic Development
Myers University’s new Myers Minority Business Contractors Assis-
tance Program (MMBCAP) is a small business assistance program rec-
                                                                                                             Collaborative programs aimed at job de-
ognized for providing technical assistance, education, resource develop-
                                                                                                             velopment and economic growth augment
ment and counseling to minority-owned businesses. The program has
                                                                                                             the economic development programs at in-
established the African American Male Small Business Institute to assist a
                                                                                                             dividual NOCHE institutions.
homogenous group of men to increase their ability to operate small busi-
nesses in the state of Ohio. Support may include business plans, technical
                                                                                                               Case, Cleveland State, Kent State
assistance, loan packages, procurement assistance and a variety of training
                                                                                                               and The University of Akron are part
                                                                              of OHIO ICE, a coalition of public, private and academic institutions
                                                                              focused on growth and jobs in the development and application of in-
The YSU Ohio Small Business Development Center at Youngstown
                                                                              strumentation, controls and electronics. Ohio’s ICE companies, where 70
State helps entrepreneurs create new businesses and expand existing busi-
                                                                              percent of the state’s high-tech jobs are located, produce equipment and
nesses; the Center also conducts small business training.
                                                                              automation systems that drive or control industrial processes. The univer-
                                                                              sities will focus their research on those areas most relevant to current and
The John Carroll Collaborative with Industry (JCCI) is housed in the
                                                                              projected ICE business applications.
university’s new Dolan Center for Science and Technology. JCCI is de-
signed to become a center for corporate and university collaborations.
                                                                              The Cleveland Institute of Art and Case’s Weatherhead School of
The two lead companies under consideration as JCCI partner companies
                                                                              Management recently collaborated to present “Managing as Designing,” a
are Ridgeway Biosystems, Inc. and Lighting Innovations LLC.
                                                                              cross-disciplinary lecture series for business and design students and facul-
                                                                              ty. The series explored applying artistic design principles to the techniques
   • Ridgeway Biosystems, founded on research done at the Cleveland
                                                                              and processes of successful management.
     Clinic Foundation, is developing a drug platform for the treatment
     of viral infections and cancer. The technology is particularly well
     suited to single-stranded RNA viruses, including hepatitis C virus,
     SARS coronavirus, influenza virus, and respiratory syncytial virus.

   • Lighting Innovations LLC does contract lighting research and devel-
     opment for industry, architecture and health care. Projects include
                                                                                                                                  Economic Engine             29 |
                                Northeast Ohio First in the Nation to Light ‘Dark’       ALCOM
                                Wire, Will Build ‘One Cleveland’                         The Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM)
                                                                                         is located at Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute and is a partnership
                                Cleveland is a crossroads for telecommunications; be-    among Kent State, Case, and Akron universities. ALCOM combines
                                cause of the city’s geographic location, hundreds of     the schools’ expertise in polymers and liquid crystals, and offers it to dozens
                                miles of optical fiber run beneath the streets. Today,    of industrial partners. This public-private collaboration is geared toward
                                many miles of that fiber are “dark,” or unused. Tomor-    exploring new ways to use the array of advanced materials it develops.
                                row, Northeast Ohio will be linked at top speed to the
                                world.                                                   NOCHE Institutions Sponsor Online Intern Resource
                                                                                         Long experience shows that internships enhance the learning experience
       A regional consortium including Case, Cleveland State, Cuyahoga                   and are the single most effective way of keeping new graduates in the
       Community College and Ursuline is working to “light” the dark wire                regional workforce. is a web resource for businesses
       and link Greater Cleveland together in the world’s largest and fastest met-       and students on internship programs throughout Northeast Ohio. Em-
       ropolitan network, dubbed “One Cleveland.”                                        ployers gain a “one-stop” centralized database where they can post jobs
                                                                                         and receive applications from students at multiple universities. Participat-
       OhioTechNet                                                                       ing NOCHE members include Baldwin-Wallace, Case, Cleveland
       Nine of Northeast Ohio’s leading research institutions, including four            State, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll, Malone,
       NOCHE member schools, have created a Web portal to deliver informa-               Notre Dame, Ursuline and Youngstown State.
       tion about their technology and research resources to the broader business
                                                                                           Did You Know?
       Through the portal, visitors can find the latest technologies, including
       biological sciences, chemistry, electronic data processing, fuels, materials,         It’s a common misperception that
       medicine and optics, from the region’s major universities, research institu-          “tech” jobs are primarily in com-
                                                                                             puters or the industry. In
       tions and medical centers.
                                                                                             fact, the largest employer that is
                                                                                             an intense user of technologically
       The portal includes listings of patents and technologies from Case, The
                                                                                             sophisticated labor is the aerospace
       Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland State, Kent State, NASA                        products and parts manufacturing
       Glenn Research Center, Northeastern Ohio Universities College                         industry. The motor vehicle parts
       of Medicine, Ohio Intellectual Property Collaborative/CAMP, The Re-                   manufacturing sector is the largest
       search Institute of University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Univer-                 employer of the technologically in-
       sity of Akron.                                                                        tense industries in Ohio.

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Equine programs are big business – and Lake Erie College, located in one     Lake Erie offers several undergraduate degrees in equine studies. The col-
of the most active horse areas in Ohio, Geauga County, offers the only        lege requires that each student serve at least one internship during the
equine studies programs among the NOCHE member schools.                      four-year course of study. Graduates enjoy an astounding 100% place-
                                                                             ment into jobs right out of school and are prized within the industry, from
Annually, the horse industry has a $112 billion impact on the nation’s       Florida to California, for their education.
economy, and provides 1.4 million full-time jobs. These fall into broad
categories of racing and racehorse breeding, showing and recreation, farm    Equine studies graduates may work in such divergent areas as stable man-
and ranch work, rodeos, polo and police work.                                agement, equine pharmaceuticals, camps, therapeutic riding, and as rid-
                                                                             ing instructors or trainers.
In rural areas, horse-oriented activities focus on breeding, training, and
maintaining and riding horses. Racetracks and their complex operations,
horse shows and public sales are more commonly found in urban settings.
                                                                                                                               Economic Engine             31 |
                                                    Higher Education in Northeast
                                                    Ohio Raises the Quality of Life
                                                        Northeast Ohio has always taken pride in the quality of life it offers to
                                                        longtime residents and newcomers alike. So there’s a good chance that
                                                        the next time you cheer the winning score, receive care from one of the
                                                        region’s top-rated medical facilities or consider the eye-catching work
                                                        of a new artist, you’ll find a direct link to a NOCHE member institu-

                                                        NOCHE schools enhance Northeast Ohio’s quality of life in myriad
                                                        ways. Colleges and universities offer formal and informal programs that
                                                        bolster the region’s arts and culture, strengthen preschool through 12th
                                                        grade education, improve the environment, promote individual health,
                                                        advance health care institutions, and foster an array of crucial social
                                                        services. Students, faculty and staff of NOCHE schools contribute
                                                        tens of thousands of hours in volunteer work that touches lives, builds
                                                        neighborhoods and strengthens communities.

                                                        Northeast Ohio is widely acknowledged as a center of world-class
                                                        health care and medical research. Teaching, research and training in re-
                                                        lated fields at many NOCHE institutions all contribute to this regional

                                                                                          Did you Know?

       Some 600,000 international students in the U.S. contribute more than $12 billion to the economy, making higher education the
       nation’s fifth largest service export. Some 75% of all international-student funding comes from sources outside the United States.
       International scholars are critical to the nation’s dominance in technology and the sciences. NOCHE member schools host some 6,000
       international students. (Source: Collegia)

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                                  Points of Excellence
                                   NOCHE member schools
                                       are national leaders in
                                       arts and culture

                                 Northeast Ohio boasts two “top ten” pro-
                                 fessional schools – the Cleveland Insti-
                                 tute of Art and the Cleveland Insti-
                                 tute of Music..
                                 • The Cleveland Institute of Art is the
                                 nation’s only five-year college of art and de-   • The Artist Recital Series at the nationally recognized Oberlin Conserva-
                                 sign; its design graduates are highly sought    tory of Music is one of the oldest continuing concert series in the United
                                 as gallery artists, product and transporta-     States, placing Oberlin in a very small and select group of leading concert
                                 tion designers, graphic designers, photog-      producers.
                                 raphers, contemporary craftsmen and edu-        • Cuyahoga Community College sponsors the nationally recognized
                                 cators.                                         Tri-C JazzFest yearly.
                                 • Eighty percent of Cleveland Institute of      • Cleveland State University’s nationally-recognized poetry press and
                                 Music graduates hold prominent teaching po-     performance center has won the W.E.B. DuBois Award for Outstanding
sitions around the world or perform in major orchestras and opera companies.     Service to the Community from the Ohio Board of Regents.
• Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum is ranked among the best col-              • The Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival is the country’s oldest collegiate
lege or university collections in the nation. The 11,000-object collection       Bach festival. The school’s Riemenschneider Bach Institute is one of only
is particularly strong in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, late          five institutions in the Americas to hold manuscripts written in Bach’s own
19th- and early 20th-century European art, Old Master and Japanese               hand. The Institute also boasts one of the Western Hemisphere’s largest
prints, and contemporary American art.                                           collections of first editions by Bach, Brahms and other masters.
• Baldwin-Wallace College’s Music Theater program ranks among the                • Oberlin College’s FIELD is a nationally recognized poetry journal.
top five in the country.                                                          Published twice yearly, FIELD features a variety of poems, from those of
• Cleveland State University                                                     new poets to Pulitzer Prize winners. The journal is highly sought after by
is home to the Cleveland Chamber                                                 poets as a vehicle to foster their work.
Symphony, which holds ten nation-
al awards for excellence.                                                                                               Did You Know?
                                                                                 Baldwin-Wallace College is ranked in the top 15 regional colleges in the
                                                                                 Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.
                                                                                                                                      Quality of Life          33 |
       NOCHE Member Schools Foster Arts and Culture                                   vated by the Arts) program works with Youngstown City Schools, teaching
                                                                                      the arts to the most underserved children, their teachers, and YSU educa-
       The Cleveland Institute of Music offers more than 400 concerts and              tion majors. The program’s goal is to motivate young people to success by
       recitals each year by advanced students, faculty and guest artists. Most of    teaching them the discipline and focus of the arts.
       these are free to the public. The school also offers lessons to more than
       1700 children and adults from the Greater Cleveland area.                      Kent State operates the Kent-Blossom Mu-
                                                                                      sic Festival in conjunction with The Cleveland
       Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery each year features six or seven shows        Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. Students
       of student and faculty artwork, as well as works by locally and internation-   receive intensive instruction in orchestral reper-
       ally renowned artists.                                                         toire and chamber music, as well as individual
                                                                                      lessons. Kent also operates the Porthouse The-
       Cuyahoga Community College regularly brings international acts to              ater, a summer stage on the grounds of the
       Cleveland. The “Showtime at High Noon” series brings these performers          Blossom Music Center.
       downtown in free concert appearances at Playhouse Square.
                                                                                      Some 3000 adults register in the Cleveland
       The Akron Civic Theater and the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, both         Institute of Art’s Continuing Education
       operated by The University of Akron, yearly bring to the city rising           Program each year. They may take individual
       young performers, leading thinkers who discuss issues of the day, and a        classes or earn a special certificate in fine arts or
       wealth of concerts that embrace everything from world music to classics        computer programs.
       to Broadway.
                                                                                      Recent graduates of the Cleveland Institute
       Kent State’s WKSU-FM and Youngstown State’s WYSU-FM are                        of Music have won major national and inter-
       NPR-affiliated radio stations that broadcast top-quality programming to          national music competitions including Avery
       Northeast Ohio.                                                                Fisher Career Grants, the Gilmore Young Artist
                                                                                      Award, the Naumburg Foundation Chamber
       Jazz at Oberlin, the landmark album by the legendary Dave Brubeck              Music and Violin awards, the Dallas Interna-
       Quartet, was recorded live at Oberlin in 1953. The recording is widely         tional Organ Competition, the William Kapell
       credited for moving jazz from the nightclub to the concert hall, and for the   International Piano Competition and the Ha-
       introduction of jazz studies into college-level music programs. In 2003,       nover International Violin Competition.
       Brubeck returned to Oberlin for a 50th-anniversary concert that filled the
       college’s Finney Chapel.                                                       Notre Dame is home to the Tolerance Resource Center, an archive of
                                                                                      material dedicated to combating racial, religious and ethnic intolerance
       Nationwide research has shown repeatedly that students involved in the         and bigotry. In addition to books, tapes and CDs, the Tolerance Resource
       arts have higher senses of self-worth, greater discipline and better ability   Center contains audio/video tapes of interviews with Cleveland-area resi-
       to focus their attention. Youngstown State’s SMARTS (Students Moti-            dents who are Holocaust survivors.

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Oberlin offers its students an art rental program through the campus’s
Allen Memorial Art Museum. For a small fee, students may rent one or
two works of art per semester by such leading and varied artists as Picasso    “An investment in knowledge ALWAYS pays the best interest.”
and Andy Warhol.                                                                                                                                      -Benjamin Franklin.

                                               An arts outreach program
                                               links Cleveland State                                 Lake Erie College was one of the nation’s first colleges to require a

                                                                                     Did You Know?
                                               with an array of Cleveland                            semester of study abroad for its students. Fifty years later, the Col-
                                               arts organizations to create                          lege still offers short study trips for only the cost of tuition. These
                                               innovative arts programs                              “Passport to the Future” trips are bound for such diverse places as
                                               for the public and teacher                            the Galapagos and Ireland, where students explore local culture
                                               workshops to strengthen                               while extending their academic learning.
                                               the use of the arts in teach-
                                               ing classroom subjects.

                                               The Dana School of Music
                                               at Youngstown State,
                                               now 125 years old, is one
                                               of the oldest continuously
                                               functioning music schools
                                               in the nation. Graduates
                                               play in symphony orches-
                                               tras, big bands and military
                                               bands, and teach in public
                                               schools and universities

                                             Recent graduates of the
                                             Cleveland Institute of
Music have earned key positions in such prestigious ensembles as the
Canadian Brass, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Symphony,
New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cas-              The Archives of the History of American Psychology at
satt String Quartet, Seattle Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.                 The University of Akron is the largest and best-known re-
                                                                               source of its kind in the world. The archives were cited
                                                                               in 1999 as holding “a position of unequalled importance
                                                                               among researchers in the history of psychology.”

                                                                                                                                                Quality of Life               35 |
       NOCHE Member Schools are Partners in Community Development                     sity Park Development Corporation, is focused on revitalizing the diverse
                                                                                      neighborhoods in a 40-block area immediately surrounding the univer-
       Youngstown State’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies is working            sity campus. Students participate in research and volunteer projects in the
       with the city to develop “Youngstown 2010,” the comprehensive devel-           University Park community, acquiring marketable skills and experience
       opment plan for the city. The university has launched a public-private         and often working with major employers in the district.
       partnership to create new student housing and at the same time revitalize
       Smoky Hollow, a student neighborhood off campus. Described as “the              Myers University has signed an innovative agreement with Cleveland’s
       first in a series (of YSU investments) to help rebuild the Youngstown com-      downtown Residence Inn by Marriott to serve as the residence hall for
       munity,” the University Courtyard Apartments are a $22 million complex         non-commuting Myers students. The arrangement will help boost the
       of 30 apartments to house 408 students.                                        number of people living downtown, and offers students highly attractive
                                                                                                                    housing only a block from the downtown
       The university’s vision for 2008 is a new                                                                    campus.
       Smoky Hollow neighborhood of 1,000 resi-
       dents living in housing for students, staff,                                                                     Cleveland State will use a combination
       alumni and townspeople. Plans call for an of-                                                                   of renovations to an existing building and
       fice development and a five-acre public space                                                                     new construction to house students at its
       and park. YSU won Ohio’s only Commu-                                                                            downtown campus. The $30 million proj-
       nity Outreach Partnership Grant from HUD                                                                        ect is expected to produce housing for 430
       to support the revitalization; these grants are                                                                 students and generate new businesses to
       designed to help colleges and universities na-                                                                  serve them in the surrounding area.
       tionwide “harness their physical and econom-
       ic resources.... to create stronger and healthier                                                                 Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design
       neighborhoods near their campuses.”                                                                               Collaborative (CUDC) is the combined
                                                                                                                         home of the Urban Design Center of
       Case, in partnership with University Circle,                                                                      Northeast Ohio (UDC) and the gradu-
       Inc., University Hospitals of Cleveland and                                                                       ate program of the School of Architecture
       the Cleveland Clinic, is developing a com-                                                                        and Environmental Design. The CUDC
       prehensive plan for expanding neighborhood                                                                        places these two affiliated institutions in
       housing and retail options, aimed at making                                                                       the heart of downtown Cleveland, giving
       University Circle one of the nation’s premier intellectual and cultural des-   the city an asset enjoyed by most major American cities: an architecture
       tinations.                                                                     school. The Collaborative enhances the education of KSU graduate students
                                                                                      and allows the UDC to participate more actively in the revitalization of the
       The University Park Alliance, which links The University of Akron              region’s largest city. The CUDC concept extends beyond its two resident
       with the city, Summa Health System, the Metropolitan Housing Author-           institutions to embrace a wider range of interaction with communities and
       ity, the Greater Akron Chamber, Akron Public Schools and the Univer-           institutions in Greater Cleveland.

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NOCHE Member Schools Support K-12 Education                                     Baldwin-Wallace’s
                                                                                Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Three NOCHE schools – John Carroll, Case, and Cleveland State                   Scholars Program was
– have formed a consortium that works with the Cleveland Municipal              developed in collabo-
School District to strengthen the teaching of science and mathematics.          ration with the Cleve-
Funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $7.5 million,            land Municipal School
the consortium also will offer a new master’s degree at John Carroll for         District, with the goal
middle school teachers of science and math. NSF received more than 300          of keeping urban teens
applications for this program; the NOCHE member consortium is one of            in school and prepar-
only 24 grant recipients.                                                       ing them for college.
                                                                                Young urban males are
Cleveland State, Kent State and Akron have joined in partnership                most at risk of dropping out, so the Scholars Program is residential. Par-
with Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Municipal School                 ticipants live on campus during the summer and spend five hours each
District and other area school districts on the Northeast Ohio Center for       day in classes; the concept is to acclimate them to a typical campus envi-
Excellence in Math and Science Teacher Education. The Center will iden-         ronment. The young men return for three more summers of academics,
                                               tify best teaching practices     life skills development and career planning. Baldwin-Wallace students are
                                               in math and science; teach       paired with the teens; each B-W student mentors a teen for a year.
                                               them to students earning
                                               degrees in education; and        Lorain County Community College’s Teacher Education Exploration
                                               work with local districts to     program (TEE) encourages interested high school seniors to enter the
                                               integrate these practices into   teaching profession. TEE provides services to ensure students are ready for
                                               K-12 classrooms.                 college, and offers each student the opportunity to intern with an expe-
                                                                                rienced teacher. Students earn college credit hours toward their teaching
                                             The Weaver Child Devel-            degree while still in high school.
                                             opment Center, which is
                                             part of Malone College’s           Akron, John Carroll and Cleveland State have a $4.9 million grant
                                             School of Education, re-           from the U.S. Department of Education for the Reading First Ohio Cen-
                                             cently received accredita-         ter for Professional Development and Technical Assistance in Effective
                                             tion from the National As-         Reading Instruction. The Center will assist elementary schools to achieve
                                             sociation for the Education        a goal of 100% reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.
                                             of Young Children, recogni-        In its first year, the Center will work with 12 districts and 65 schools
tion earned by only 7% of early childhood programs nationwide. The              statewide, providing professional development in sound reading practices
Weaver Center serves the children of faculty, staff and 11 Stark County          to teachers and principals. All teachers statewide in grades K-3 will receive
school districts with pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.                       e-learning models.

                                                                                                                                     Quality of Life            37 |
       The Oberlin College-Schools Partnership
       offers full-tuition scholarships to graduates
       of Oberlin High School who qualify for
       admission and have spent all four years at
       Oberlin High.

       Cleveland State has joined with 13 “first
       ring” suburbs surrounding Cleveland to cre-
       ate a leadership academy for aspiring school
       principals. The academy is open to teachers,
       supervisors and assistant principals.

       Launched through a $350,000 grant from
       The Herman Muehlstein Foundation, Inc.,
       The Muehlstein Academy in Mathematics
       and Science at The University of Akron
       fuels the interest of area high school stu-
       dents in the fields of mathematics and sci-
       ence. Each year, the Academy selects high
       school students who demonstrate an inter-
       est or potential in science or mathematics,
       especially young women and students of
       diverse backgrounds. These young people
       are paired with area teachers, University stu-
       dents and professors to engage in laboratory
       and field-based research projects.                                                         OhioLink, a consortium of college and university libraries and the State

                                                                                 Did You Know?
                                                                                                 Library of Ohio, is widely recognized as the national standard for library
       A Project GRAD Summer Institute at Lorain County Community                                cooperation. The consortium serves more than 600,000 students, faculty,
       College (LCCC) hosts Southview High students entering the tenth grade.                    staff and other researchers. OhioLink’s 84 members include 20 NOCHE
       Focused on Ohio graduation test standards, the Institute specializes in                   schools: Baldwin-Wallace, Cleveland Institute of Art, Case, Cleve-
       literacy and mathematics instruction to help students bridge from ninth                   land State, Cuyahoga Community College, Hiram, John Carroll,
       to tenth grade without losing momentum. LCCC faculty teach the four-                      Kent State, Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Com-
       week Institute.                                                                           munity College, Malone, Mount Union, Myers, Notre Dame,
                                                                                                 Oberlin, Stark State, The University of Akron, Ursuline, Walsh
                                                                                                 and Youngstown State.

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“Early College” Programs                                                      school expects to enroll up to 400 students in grades 9 through 12 by the
                                                                              2007-08 school year.
Several NOCHE member schools offer programs, in partnership with
area public schools, to encourage college attendance. These programs gen-     The students will take a combination of high school and college classes,
erally are aimed at urban districts with high drop-out rates and low rates    graduating from high school with up to 60 hours of college credit. The
of graduation and college attendance.                                         University and the city school district are sharing costs of the program,
                                                                              and the University is investing in renovating the campus facility that will
Lorain County Community College                                               house the program.
LCCC has partnered with Lorain County’s two largest school districts,
the Elyria and Lorain city schools, to offer college courses taught on the     Cleveland State University
LCCC campus to high school students. Supported by both cities, the Bill       Beginning in ninth grade, Cleveland Municipal School District students
& Melinda Gates Foundation and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, the             can take classes taught by District teachers and leading to credits from
program launched in fall 2004.                                                Cleveland State. The program is designed to encourage high school stu-
                                                                              dents to think about college, with potential to complete high school in
Students can earn an associate degree or two years of college credit, and     three years, get a jump on college coursework, and save both time and
their high school diploma, during high school years. The program gives        money invested in a college degree.
them momentum toward a four-year degree and saves the costs and time
of two years of college education. Accumulated college credits may trans-
fer to the LCCC University Partnership on campus or to a university of
the student’s choice.

Cuyahoga Community College
Students in the Cleveland Municipal School District can enter a “high-
tech” program in which they earn credits at Tri-C while also taking regular
high-school coursework. As a result, they can finish high school with a
diploma and an associate’s degree.

Youngstown State University
Youngstown Early College, supported by the KnowledgeWorks Founda-
tion and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed to help average
students with demonstrated academic potential to succeed in high school
and go on to college. Housed on the campus of Youngstown State, the

                                                                                                                                  Quality of Life           39 |
       NOCHE Member Schools Improve the Environment                                        John Carroll, Cleveland State and the Cuyahoga Valley National
                                                                                           Park jointly operate the Woodlake Environmental Field Station, a lab and
       Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station is an active research and             education center housing research projects on a variety of topics including
       educational facility that not only enhances the College’s science and envi-         wildlife population distribution and overall wildlife health.
       ronmental studies programs, but also provides the general public with an
       opportunity to better understand and appreciate Ohio’s natural history.             NEOUCOM received an $800,000 grant from the Department of Home-
                                                                                           land Security to improve the safety of our nation’s water supply. The grant
       Cleveland State has formed partnerships with Cleveland’s Metroparks,                is being used to support research that focuses on developing better ways
       the “Emerald Necklace” of parkland circling the city, and the Cuyahoga              to detect fluid-borne microbes, such as bacteria or viruses. The work in-
       Valley National Park. The focus of both alliances is to use CSU’s expertise         corporates microbial detection with liquid crystal signaling to determine
       to help the parks balance recreation with conservation. CSU is leading the          the presence of microbes, such as anthrax or plague, which could be used
       Metroparks’ first-ever comprehensive study of plant biodiversity.                    in germ warfare. Typically, healthcare providers must wait from eight to
                                                                                           48 hours for this information, but the NEOUCOM technology provides
       A 10-week summer program for area teachers pairs them with Cleveland                real-time microbial detection.
       State faculty and researchers for environmental studies of the Cuyahoga
       River basin; the teachers use the experience to develop better science cur-
       ricula for their students.

       Hiram College students are working with Navistar on biodiesel fuel
       analysis. A mixture of reprocessed vegetable oil and diesel fuel, biodiesel
       reduces fuel emissions and costs. However, after about six months of stor-
       age, spoilage becomes an issue. The Hiram students are investigating ways
       to prolong fuel life. This type of research could lead to new alternative
       fuels and lessen dependence on petroleum.

       Oberlin students have designed a biodiesel fuel production system that is
       “off the grid.” Powered by cast-off bicycle parts, the system does not rely
       on electricity generated from burning fossil fuels. The production process
       is pollution-free, and the fuel itself aids the air. Biodiesel releases no sulfur
       oxides, and it cuts down on the particulate matter typically released from
       diesel engines.

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NOCHE Member Schools Strengthen Social Services                               60 hours of community service each year; most exceed the requirement.
                                                                              In 2001-2002, University Scholars provided more than 11,000 hours of
The counseling department at Youngstown State provides free outpa-            community service, in Greater Youngstown and beyond, to more than 60
tient therapy to people in the community who are uninsured or underin-        nonprofit organizations.
sured. The clinic also serves as a training facility for graduate students.
                                                                              The University of Akron offers the nation’s only accredited Emergency
Community service is a required part of freshman orientation at Malone.       Management degree program; it is the only such program in Ohio and
In two days of orientation, students volunteer more than 2500 hours in        one of fewer than ten in the country.
Stark County.
                                                                              Several years ago, being “literate” meant being able to read and write a
                                                Ursuline and Lake-            little. Now, being literate means being able to read and write at a level to
                                                land       Community          be successful in today’s world as well as being proficient at math, knowing
                                                College have teamed to        how to use technology, and knowing how to solve problems and make
                                                ensure that students can      decisions. The Ohio Literacy Resource Center, located at Kent State,
                                                earn associate degrees at     has worked since 1993 to enhance adult literacy.
                                                Lakeland and then move
                                                to Ursuline to earn four-     The Institute for Community-Based Medicine and the Law is a joint ef-
                                                year degrees in social        fort of NEOUCOM and The University of Akron School of Law. The
                                                work or paralegal stud-       Institute brings together physicians, lawyers and others to study Ohio’s
                                                ies. The social work pro-     medical malpractice insurance crisis and other complex medical-legal is-
                                                gram enables graduates        sues. To gather hard data on the current crisis, the project is quantifying
                                                to become Licensed So-        the number of malpractice claims filed in NEOUCOM’s 17-county ser-
                                                cial Workers (LSW), an        vice area and in major metropolitan areas of Ohio, claim outcomes, and,
                                                accreditation required        where possible, the cost of representing physicians in court.
                                                for employment at Ohio
                                                social service agencies.
                                                The paralegal program is
                                                aimed at working adults,
                                                who can move to Ursu-
                                                line’s accelerated pro-
gram and five-week concentrated courses to earn the degree more quickly.

Participants in Youngstown State’s University Scholars Program are
awarded full scholarships, including room and board. The Youngstown
State University Foundation funds the program, recognized nationally
for its innovation and generosity. All Scholars are required to contribute
                                                                                                                                   Quality of Life           41 |
Did You Know?
       • The social work program at Case’s Mandel
         School of Applied Social Sciences was ranked
         8th in the nation in 2000 (US News and World

       • Case’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organi-
         zations ranks 7th in the nation (US News and
         World Report).

       • Case ranks #1 among top college and universi-
         ties in applying federal work-study dollars to
         community service (Higher Education Data
         Sharing Consortium).

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NOCHE Member Schools Bolster Health Care                               Hiram College’s Center for Literature, Medicine, and the Healthcare
                                                                       Professions is home to an exceptional medical ethics program that empha-
The School of Dental                                                   sizes the exploration of humanistic issues through literature.
Medicine at Case pro-
vides personalized mouth                                               The Center’s mission is, “through literary works, to examine thoroughly
guards, the type worn by                                               questions of human values in health care contexts, and to do so within
professional players, for                                              clinical settings, medical and other health professional schools, and the
Cleveland’s East Tech                                                  liberal arts environment.” The Center organizes a number of on-campus
football team. Case is                                                 events every year – speakers, conferences, discussion groups, etc. – to gen-
working to expand the                                                  erate an active dialog between students and current medical professionals
program to all the Cleve-                                              about the ethics of modern medicine.
land Municipal School
District. At each mouth                                                The Center is a collaborative effort between Hiram College and NEOUCOM.
guard fitting, students
receive career counseling                                              Ursuline College is helping to address the national shortage of nurses
and are sent home with a                                               through its Breen School of Nursing. In 2003, undergraduates in nursing,
dental care pack.                                                      social work and long-term care administration earned 100% pass rates on
                                                                       certificate or licensure exams. Graduates who have obtained a Master’s
The Dental School also                                                 Degree in art therapy counseling also have earned a 100% pass rate.
runs on-site dental clin-
ics at Cleveland public                                                Since the neuroscience program at Baldwin-Wallace was established in
schools. Students receive                                              1998, 100% of its graduates have been accepted into graduate programs or
oral screenings and a                                                  medical schools. Students in the program conduct cutting-edge research
dental sealant to prevent                                              and are trained in methods to attract funding that will support their re-
cavities. For many of                                                  search.
these children – second
and sixth graders – it’s                                               More than half of NEOUCOM alumni live and work in Ohio; in 2004,
their first-ever visit to                                               50 percent of NEOUCOM graduates entered a residency in one of the
a dentist. The Healthy                                                 primary care areas of family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and
Smiles Sealant Program                                                 gynecology, or pediatrics. Alumni also pursue specialties such as anesthe-
has attracted national                                                 siology, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, emergency medicine,
attention for its community outreach. In 2003-04, the program served   psychiatry and others. All graduates have a strong foundation in commu-
more than 100 schools and several thousand children.                   nity and public health, because the NEOUCOM curriculum stresses that
                                                                       the health of the patient is tied directly to the health of the community.

                                                                                                                            Quality of Life           43 |
       In fiscal year 2002, the School of Medicine at Case won top-ten funding
       from the National Institutes of Health in seven categories: Orthopedics
       (1st), Dermatology (3rd), Pediatrics (4th), Biostatistics (7th), Neurosci-
       ences (7th), and Physiology and Biophysics (9th). Biomedical engineer-
       ing, a partnership between the medical school and the Case School of
                                    Engineering, ranks 2nd.

                                           An online nursing studies exchange between
                                           Youngstown State and Cuyahoga
                                           Community College lets residents in
                                           Ohio and Pennsylvania earn a high-qual-
                                           ity secondary degree with minimal travel.
                                           Youngstown-area residents can pursue an
                                           associate’s degree in nursing at Tri-C by dis-
                                           tance learning; conversely, Cleveland-area       Health-care workers in many fields are in short supply. In the only pro-
                                           students who already have the associate’s        gram of its kind in Ohio, Cleveland State and the Cleveland Clinic
                                           degree can earn a bachelor’s degree in nurs-     partner on a Master of Science in physics with a concentration in medical
                                           ing from YSU online.                             physics. The program is aimed at attracting trained physicists and mov-
                                                                                            ing them into medical physics, a field with a critical shortage of workers.
                                     The Northeastern Ohio Universities Master              The two institutions also collaborate on a bachelor’s degree in health sci-
                                     of Public Health Program (NEOU MPH)                    ences with a track in cardiovascular perfusion. Graduates may work with
                                     is a partnership among NEOUCOM, The                    heart-lung machines during surgery, and in some types of chemotherapy
                                     University of Akron, Cleveland State                   administration.
                                     University, Kent State University and
                                     Youngstown State University. Pend-                     The Accelerated Nursing Program, a partnership between Cleveland
                                     ing approval by the Ohio Board of Regents,             State and the Cleveland Clinic, enables students to receive a Bachelor of
       Ohio University is expected to become NEOU MPH’s sixth member.                       Science degree in nursing in about half the time of a traditional program.
       This nontraditional program is geared toward working professionals who               The Clinic provides preferential clinical rotations for all nursing specialties
       would like to broaden their role in improving community health.                      to accelerated-track students.

       Helping professionals change careers and find meaningful work is the pur-             Did You Know?
       pose behind Ursuline College’s new partnership with Fairview Hospi-
       tal. Professionals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in one field           The Purple Raiders of Mount Union are seven-time NCAA Division III football
       can earn a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in nursing, in just 15               national champions, and hold the longest winning streak in college football his-
       months.                                                                              tory with an astonishing 55 straight wins. The school also organized one of the
                                                                                            nation’s first college basketball teams.
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                                                                              ports the Jewish journey of adult learners with the largest adult continuing
                                                                              Jewish education program in the region. The college is the Jewish higher
                                                                              education resource for the whole community.

                                                                              Because Siegal is the national leader in Jewish distance learning, it wel-
                                                                              comes and provides common ground for students of diverse backgrounds.
                                                                              Clergy of many faiths and students of all ages add depth to Siegal courses
                                                                              taught in the classroom and on line.

Faith Based Education                                                         Malone College was founded by Friends as a Bible college and later be-
                                                                              came a Christian liberal arts college. Malone emphasizes development of
Of the 24 NOCHE colleges and universities, nine were established by, or       the whole person, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Faculty,
became affiliated with, specific religious faiths. Many of these schools are     staff and students come from more than 40 denominations, and there is
pioneers in making a college education available to African Americans and     strong emphasis on service to God realized through service to humankind.
women; many are notable today for their diverse student populations.
                                                                              Malone also sponsors “service-learning” trips for students, faculty and staff in
These schools place high emphasis on preparing the whole person, in-          which participants provide community service while being taught by the cultures
tellectually and spiritually, for leadership and community service. Their     or environments they encounter. Recent service-learning trips were conducted
educational philosophy stresses a productive professional life, a sense of    at such diverse locations as the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Brazil,
community, and lifelong learning.                                             Nicaragua, Guatemala, Poland, Ukraine, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Northern
                                                                              Ireland and a host of nonprofit agencies throughout the Canton area.
In keeping with their emphasis on service to others, these schools provide
tens of thousands of hours each year of volunteer service within their com-   The Brothers of Christian Instruction, whose mission is “to affirm others
munities and beyond.                                                          by assisting them to develop their intellectual and spiritual gifts so that
                                                                              they, in turn, can become persons who serve others,” founded Walsh
Every two years, Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery hosts the Hallinan-        University. The school subscribes to the philosophy that community
Ursuline Religious Art Show. This juried show encourages artists to create    service prepares students for leadership.
special works with religious focus and a spiritual connection. The show
attracts artists from all over the country.                                                Walsh’s Office of Service and Social Outreach works with
                                                                                           social service networks at the Diocese of Youngstown and in
Blending inspiration and innovation, the Laura                                             Stark County to provide service opportunities near campus.
and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies                                                 Each year, Walsh students travel to Harlan, Kentucky, where
promotes the study of Judaism through classical                                            they work at a local school or help to build homes with area
and modern scholarship. Graduates hold leader-                                             residents. The focus is on meeting and addressing real needs,
ship positions in Jewish day schools, congrega-                                            especially for the community’s most vulnerable members, and
tions, and educational agencies. In addition to                                            acting on behalf of social and economic justice in the tradi-
preparing students for professions, Siegal sup-                                            tion of Catholic social teaching.
                                                                                                                                     Quality of Life             45 |
          Eight of NOCHE’s member schools were established
          by or became affiliated with specific faiths:

          Baldwin-Wallace College
          United Methodist Church

          John Carroll University
          Catholic, Jesuit

          Laura and Alvin Siegal College of
          Judaic Studies                                     Hebrew on One Foot
                                                             Together with the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland,
          Malone College                                     Siegal College offers a program called HOOF – Hebrew on
          Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region        One Foot. The class is a six-hour “literacy marathon” designed
                                                             to teach adults Hebrew decoding skills. By the end of the one-
          Mount Union College                                day program, participants can read simple blessings.
                                                             Students may be converts who never learned Hebrew, indi-
          Notre Dame College                                 viduals in the process of converting, Jews who had little or no
          Catholic, Sisters of Notre Dame                    Jewish education, or people of other faiths. Because they may
                                                             be returning students who need to brush up skills, or complete
          Ursuline College                                   beginners, the classes are organized by proficiency level and
          Catholic, Ursuline Sisters                         taught by master teachers.

          Walsh University                                   In the past few years, more than 500 students have participat-
          Catholic, Brothers of Christian Instruction        ed. Siegal College views learning as a lifetime journey: for 500
                                                             people, HOOF has been a step along the way.

          Oberlin College was founded by Quakers
          but has no religious affiliation.

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                                                                        Board of Trustees
Institutional Presidents                                                                         Public Trustees
Dr. David S. Ariel                   President, Laura & Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies   Mr. Theodore V. Boyd                  Chairman, Beaverkettle Company
Dr. Morris W. Beverage               President, Lakeland Community College                       Mr. Glenn R. Brown, Ph.D.             President, Generation Foundation
Dr. Carol A. Cartwright              President, Kent State University                            Mr. Chris Coburn                      Executive Director, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations
Mr. David Cerone                     President, Cleveland Institute of Music                     Dr. William Demas, MD                 Chief, Division of Radiotherapy, Summa Health System
Mr. Thomas V. Chema                  President, Hiram College                                    Mr. Paul M. Dutton                    Attorney-at-Law, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd.
Dr. Roy A. Church, Vice-Chairman     President, Lorain County Community College                  Mr. C. Thomas Harvie                  Sr. VP, General Counsel & Secretary, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Dr. Mark Collier                     President, Baldwin-Wallace College                          Mr. Robert W. Mahoney                 Retired Chairman and CEO, Diebold, Inc.
Mr. David Deming                     President, Cleveland Institute of Art                       Mr. Henry L. Meyer III                Chairman and CEO, KeyCorp
Dr. Nancy Dye                        President, Oberlin College                                  Mr. Steven Minter                     Executive-in-Residence, Cleveland State University
Dr. John L. Ewing                    President, Mount Union College                              Mr. Patrick S. Mullin                 Managing Partner Northeast Ohio Region, Deloitte & Touche
Dr. Paul Feingold                    President, Myers University                                 Ms. Sandra Pianalto                   President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Rev. Edward Glynn, SJ, Th.D.         President, John Carroll University                          Mr. Richard W. Pogue                  Advisor, Jones Day
Dr. Edward M. Hundert                President, Case Western Reserve University                  Mr. Peter E. Raskind                  Executive Vice President, National City Bank
Dr. Ronald Johnson                   President, Malone College                                   Mr. Robert H. Rawson, Jr., Chairman   Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland Office, Jones Day
Mr. Richard Jusseaume                President, Walsh University                                 Mr. Robert Reffner                     Attorney-at-Law, Brouse McDowell
Dr. Hal Laydon                       President, Lake Erie College                                Mr. Richard Schiraldi                 Partner, Cohen & Company
Dr. Lois Nora                        President, NEOUCOM                                          Mr. Robert F. Seaton, Treasurer       Retired President, Planned Giving Systems
Dr. John O’Donnell, Ed.D.            President, Stark State College of Technology                Mr. Eric L. Small                     President and CEO, SBK Brooks Investment Corporation
Dr. Luis M. Proenza                  President, University of Akron                              Mr. Edward Taylor                     CEO, Integrated Consulting Services
Mr. Andrew Roth                      President, Notre Dame College                               Mr. Ward J. Timken                    President, The Timken Foundation
Dr. Michael Schwartz                 President, Cleveland State University                       Hon. Ruth Wilkes                      Mayor, City of Poland, Ohio
Sr. Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D.          President, Ursuline College                                 Ms. Margaret Wong                     Attorney-at-Law, Margaret W. Wong & Associates
Dr. David Sweet                      President, Youngstown State University
Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton               President, Cuyahoga Community College

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