Strive, a unique group of community leaders committed to providing a world-class education to every child in the urban core of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, celebrated its first anniversary at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

In its first year, Strive brought together a wide variety of education, business and social services partners to work toward the goal of college or advanced training for every child. The partnership has mobilized more than $2 million in local in-kind resources.

Strive is developing a concrete record of best practices in education and social support. This research identifies effective strategies to create a kind of report card, which will allow donors to target money where it will work most effectively. Forty community leaders were trained to spearhead Student Success Networks, which carry out strategies such as readying children for kindergarten.
 
The University of Cincinnati again made Business Week’s list of the globe’s leading design programs and was featured in an accompanying article as the model for design programs that are shaping a new generation of creative managers. A prominent UC project — the building of a solar house by students — was also featured in the magazine’s innovation slide show.
The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Cincinnati assistant professor of psychology Heidi Kloos a grant of $708,495 to continue her work in the Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering program. She is developing teaching strategies to help keep U.S. youth competitive globally in science.
Miami University opened the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, which was made possible by a $10.5 million gift from Roger and Joyce Howe. Miami was recognized in the fall U.S. News & World Report as one of 28 colleges that “make the writing process a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum.”