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Conquering the High Cost of a College Education

CSU is one of the leading American universities in the move to improve student success, increase graduation rates and reduce overall student debt. The university's student success programs include:

  • Graduation Incentive Plan: Awards a 2-percent tuition rebate and a $200 textbook stipend to CSU undergraduates who complete 30 hours in a single academic year.
  • Multi-term Registration: CSU was the first state university in Ohio -- and one of the first in the United States -- to offer multi-term registration, which lets students plan their entire academic year in advance, allowing students to stay on track to graduation while saving time and money.
  • 120-credit-hour Standard for Graduation: Academic programs were required to reduce the average number of credit hours needed to complete most baccalaureate degree programs to 120. This allows students to complete college in less time, with less debt.

Since CSU implemented these initiatives the university has seen a 14-percent increase in the number of students who take at least 30 credit hours over the academic year, while cohort 6-year graduation rates have increased from below 30% to nearly 40%. CSU was also awarded the 2015 Excellence and Innovation Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its innovations in student success. Website:

Collaborating with CMSD to Create an Education Park in Downtown Cleveland

Students in grade school and high school have a clearer path to college, thanks to collaborations between CSU and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Cleveland State currently houses two public schools on its campus, the Campus International School and MC2STEM High School, and works closely with administrators at both institutions to enhance teacher training and student performance, while also providing faculty support, student teachers and access to university facilities. In addition, through grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education, CSU researchers are developing training programs designed to improve the teaching of computer science in CMSD classrooms while also working with school occupational therapists to enhance student mental health. Websites: and

Partnering with NEOMED to Address Urban Health-care Challenges

CSU and Northeast Ohio Medical University have established The Partnership for Urban Health to address the changing health care needs within urban metropolitan areas, combining their strengths in urban health, primary care medicine, and interprofessional education to design unique primary care education programs within Northeast Ohio. This initiative builds upon CSU's pre-medical curriculum and NEOMED's Doctor of Medicine degree to develop medical professionals with a focus on urban health and primary care. Website:

Developing an Educational and Performance Hub for the Arts

CSU's Arts Campus flourishes in the heart of Playhouse Square, the nation's largest performing arts center outside of New York City, and features America's only professional theatre company coupled with an undergraduate university learning environment. Students and faculty are able to interact with award winning professional artists and Cleveland's arts institutions have the opportunity to engage and mentor the next generation of talent.

Enhancing Drug Discovery and Disease Treatment

One of the top genetics research centers in the nation, CSU’s Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease is at the forefront of innovations in personalized medicine, drug discovery and gene therapy. The center has received over $20 million in sponsored research from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, among others. Website:

Creating Smarter Prosthetics

In partnership with Parker Hannifin Corporation, CSU's Parker Hannifin Motion and Control Lab is developing novel technologies designed to improve the use of prosthetics and orthotics for people with disabilities. This includes the testing and prototyping of an exoskeleton that could ultimately assist paraplegics in learning to walk. The lab is led by Ton van den Bogert an Oscar-winning innovator in motion capture technology who has modified software used to create film characters such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings for use in analyzing human motion and developing "smarter” prosthetics. Website:

Improving Mobility for All Ages

Improving Mobility for All Ages-GoBabyGo is a national technology development initiative which is designed to promote mobility across the lifespan. Through a unique multidisciplinary laboratory housed in CSU's new Center for Innovation in Medical Professions, researchers work with collaborators from around the world to design and develop low-cost, high-impact technologies ranging from modified racecars for infants that can assist in mobility development to hands-free harness systems for children and adults with physical disabilities. Website:

Analyzing the Impact of Urban Migration

The Center for Population Dynamics, housed in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, analyzes migration and demographic patterns and assess the impact of these trends on community and economic development, both in Northeast Ohio and the nation as a whole. Its latest report, The Fifth Migration produced in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, looks at the growing move of millennials to urban centers and the impact this is having on metropolitan economies: Website:

Assisting Foster Children in Transition to Independence

Cleveland State University has implemented an innovative initiative designed to help foster children in transitioning to independence while assisting this population in obtaining a college degree. The Sullivan/Deckard Opportunity Scholarship program guides youth who age out of the foster care system through the college application process, provides scholarship and year-round housing assistance, helps them transition to a university environment, and provides comprehensive mentoring and support services during their college tenure.

Foster children are one of the more at-risk populations in society and one of the least likely groups to earn a college degree. This program is one of the first of its kind to provide a holistic system of support for foster children, financial, educational and cultural, to assist them in transitioning out of the system and into an institution of higher learning. The inaugural cohort of ten students started in June 2015 and at the end of the fall semester, eight of the ten had earned an overall GPA of 2.6 or higher and four made the Dean's List. Website:

Helping Student Entrepreneurs to Become Successful Business People

Brandyn Armstrong, a business management major, developed a portable recording studio through CSU's entrepreneurship incubator and competition Start Up Vikes. He has now turned the innovation, called Studio Stick, into a commercial product and business which he is marketing to the entertainment industry. The technology has already earned national media attention including shout outs from rappers 50 Cent and MC Ren. Websites: and