Cohort-based Model

Hiram College (OH)

[White House Summit on College Opportunity, Jan. 2014]

Hiram College will commit to pursue a “cohort based model” to identify, recruit, prepare, and enroll groups of low-income students together and commits to work with these students as a group to help them persist and succeed through graduation. Hiram will accomplish this by expanding the college’s preexisting relationship with the Cleveland Compact which focuses on students enrolled in the Cleveland Municipal School District.  Hiram is also looking to partner with other school districts in the region as part of these efforts.

Building On Existing Efforts: For the 2013-2014 academic year, 45 percent of Hiram’s student body are first generation students.  Hiram awarded in excess of $12 million in need based aid for the 2012-2013 school year. Hiram is also continuing a policy of freezing the tuition paid by entering freshman students for their sophomore, junior, and senior years.  Hiram College has also entered into partnerships with three Ohio Community Colleges to offer completion degrees to associate degree holders at the Community College campuses. Hiram also has a STEM high school bridge program and has a number of endowed funds that assist low-income students with student life expenses, such as participating in off- campus cultural activities, and help them participate in the college’s study-abroad program.


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