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Ronald Berkman participated in his final commencement as president of Cleveland State University this weekend.  Berkman steps down this summer after nine years leading the urban institution.

During his tenure, Berkman implemented policies that he says were meant to help first generation and minority students succeed, like allowing students to enroll in classes for multiple semesters at a time to keep them on track to graduate.

Cleveland State University Selects its New President

Jan 29, 2018
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Cleveland State University has found its new president in Harlan Sands, who's spent two decades in the world of higher education. Sands spent that time at urban universities, which he says face unique challenges.

Urban colleges and universities play a multifaceted role in their communities, says Cleveland State’s new president, Harlan Sands.

“It’s about access, it’s about student success, it’s about jobs.”