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These messages will display in edit mode only. Successful pilot program bridges summer gap for CPS students enrolling at UC

One in four college-bound CPS grads never actually enrolled — until CPS and UC teamed up

For some Cincinnati Public students, college's toughest challenges can arrive before classes even begin, according to a recent article on

Those challenges can be so overwhelming that some students accepted into a university never actually enroll as a result of financial, personal or other constraints.

When that happens, it's known as "summer melt," a term used to describe the experience of those recent high school graduates whose college careers end before they've had a chance to truly begin.

But working together to tackle the problem, CPS, UC and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College created new supports in an effort to reduce the melt rate before the current academic year. The result?

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UC's CPS Strong initiative is an important element of the university's Next Lives Here strategic direction. CPS Strong is working to establish an institution-wide model to engage and empower Cincinnati Public School students. By aligning programs and services to ensure readiness, create access, and foster success. Learn more.