College Now Strategic Plan


Pillars to Drive Success at College Now 

The significant and rising cost of postsecondary education paired with public sentiment that increasingly questions its return on investment makes it more important than ever for College Now to be a strong and consistent voice about the value of postsecondary education.

Most available jobs in Ohio require a two- or four-year college degree, which makes developing a strategy for education after high school more important than ever.

College Now’s blueprint focuses on the following four pilars:

Champion the Value of Postsecondary Education for All

We’re uniquely positioned to articulate the multiple postsecondary options available to individuals of all ages — opportunities that align with their individual career interests, skills and timelines — and to help make those opportunities broadly accessible and affordable.

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Increase Postsecondary Educational Attainment 

College Now’s core programs and services – advising, mentoring and scholarships – work together to drive successful completion of postsecondary education for our beneficiaries.

It is imperative to remain focused on postsecondary educational attainment and delivering services that help beneficiaries before, during and after enrollment in postsecondary educational programs.

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Expand and Enhance the Impact of College Now’s Role as a Thought Leader

We lend our hard-earned social and political capital to change the systems that stand in the way of our vision. This often means leading and participating in transformational regional initiatives as well as advocating for public policies — within both government and organizations — that shift the ways people learn about, access and experience postsecondary education.

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Advance College Now’s Organizational Effectiveness

Maintaining our reputation as a strong and stable nonprofit will require our board and leadership to continue to govern in a manner that balances fiscal responsibility with risk-taking and innovation. Sustainability also requires continuing and strengthening College Now’s commitment to hiring and retaining high-quality staff who understand and share the lived experiences of the organization’s beneficiaries.

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