Building the Economy,
Raising the Quality of Life,
Shaping the Future
Higher Education in
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.
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
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 has...an environmentally
clean, high-technology company
(whose) investment in Ohio gen-
erates $7 billion in annual rev-
enues...in 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.
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
5 16 2 11
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
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
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
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
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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
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.
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.
A driver of community success. Higher education has beneﬁts that ex-
tend far beyond the individual. Communities with better-educated popu- web site at...
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
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
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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Higher Education in Northeast Ohio Offers High Quality
Points of member schools are
national and world leaders in:
• Biomedical sciences
• Distance learning
• Fashion design
• Industrial design
• Industrial psychology
• Liquid crystal technology
• Nonproﬁt management
• Organizational behavior
• Polymer science
• Urban aﬀairs
• Urban design
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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.
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-
“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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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,
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-
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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-
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
tory.com), 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
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.
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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
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. ClevelandIntern.net 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 dot.com 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.
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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.
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
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
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
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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
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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.
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
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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
• Case ranks #1 among top college and universi-
ties in applying federal work-study dollars to
community service (Higher Education Data
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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.
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Eight of NOCHE’s member schools were established
by or became aﬃliated with speciﬁc faiths:
United Methodist Church
John Carroll University
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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