Cleveland State Accomplishments

There are several factors that led to Cleveland State’s selection as the college of the year. They include the development of a bold and strategic completion plan, increases in specific areas such as degrees and certificates awarded, and the development of innovative programs that support student success and workforce development. Following is a list of accomplishments over the past year that contributed to our becoming the first recipient of The College of the Year award.

  • Featured in national study released by the Center for Community College Student
    Engagement about Mindsets (A Mind at Work: Maximizing the Relationship Between Mindset
    and Student Success)
  • CSCC Student Amanda Forbes was one of 20 selected to the PTK All-USA Academic Team
  • Largest number of Honors Scholars Graduating to date (25 total)
    (Significant increase in CSCC Honors program)
  • Largest enrollment growth Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
  • 22% increase in adult students (first increase in seven years)
  • Fall-Spring retention improved 4% (highest in four years)
  • Doubled graduation rate in past six years
  • Completed first Capital Campaign (exceeded $2.5M match)
  • $17.75M Capital Outlay in new budget (McMinn Higher Education Center, only TBR funded
    project this year)
  • 1st year of Mechatronics Honors Institute
  • 1st TN Valley Early College class on campus
  • Expansion of Veterans Reconnect and campus program office
  • $250K Grant for Mechatronics Early College and Dual Enrollment

(For all the information on the selection criteria, go to the “About SOAR” page.)