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Humanities Students from Lakeland, Lorain Community College to Receive Transition Help Through Collaborative


Under a new partnership, humanities students enrolled at Lakeland Community College and Lorain Community College in Ohio will soon have the option to apply for a program to make the transition to pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) easier.

After humanities students complete their associate’s degree from Lakeland or Lorain, they can complete their requirements to receive their bachelor’s degree from Case Western in two years thanks to the partnership called the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative..

Students majoring in humanities at CWRU include English, music, philosophy and history.

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The Cleveland Humanities Collaborative offers an orientation where students are introduced to CWRU and given faculty mentors and advisers to help make sure their transition from community college to a four-year institution is smooth financially and academically, according to

The program also helps reduce the tuition costs of attending Case Western, a private research university. For the 2018-2019 school year, its tuition costs $48,604 for both residential and commuter students.

The collaborative first began as a relationship between Case Western and Cuyahoga Community College, where humanities students at Cuyahoga could apply to the program.

For the fall 2018 semester, 11 students from Cuyahoga who benefitted from the collaborative applied to Case Western. Each student was accepted to the university and nine decided to attend as Cleveland Humanities Collaborative Scholars.

To enter the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, students are required to take several transferable courses and have earned 54 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.2. In addition, students interested in the program are required to maintain two consecutive semesters of full-time work at Cuyahoga.

The Cleveland Humanities Collaborative was able to expand its offerings to Lakeland and Lorain from a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports additional mentoring and academic opportunities for students from both community colleges.

Students from Lakeland and Lorain Community College can begin to apply to the program beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year.