An Overview of Ohio’s Myriad College Affordability Initiatives​

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 2

2:10 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 2

Examine initiatives that lower or eliminate student costs for credential or degree programs, including FAFSA strategies, Promise & Comeback programs, Last Dollar Grants, Stranded Credit efforts and others.

MorraLee Keller serves as Senior Director of Strategic Programming for the National College Attainment Network.  Ms. Keller provides professional development support to both direct service providers and managers to help ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of college access/success programs. She offers consultation services with advice on governance issues, programming, data collection, financial aid, research, statewide network development, K-12 college and career programming, and best practices. Ms. Keller also manages place-based grant projects and provides member support services.

Ms. Keller has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from The Ohio State University. A former financial aid coordinator at OSU, Ms. Keller has extensive experience in student financial aid. In her time at the Columbus, Ohio-based NCAN member program, I KNOW I CAN, Ms. Keller developed a program with K-12 early college awareness programming, developed a comprehensive college advising program, administered a last dollar grant program and created a college retention program for the program participants. Ms. Keller is a member of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors and currently serves on the Ohio ACT Council.

Serving as Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development, Ms. Green has primary responsibility for overseeing the areas of Institutional Research, Planning and Engagement, Strategic Planning, Continuing Education, Workforce Development and Business Growth Services, School and Community Partnerships, Government Relations, Grants Development,

Marketing and Media Initiatives, Conferencing, Stocker Arts Center as well as the College’s economic development portfolio. She also serves as Vice President of the Lorain County Community College Foundation.

Prior to her appointment to Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development, Ms. Green most recently served as Executive Director of the Lorain County Community College Foundation. In this role and subsequently as Vice President of the LCCC Foundation, she led the growth of the organization’s assets from $12 million to over $55 million.

She has nearly 30 years of experience in resource development, non‐profit management and higher education leadership.  Most recently, Ms. Green led the college’s comprehensive strategic planning process, which engaged over 1,500 stakeholders to create Vision 2025, a bold new plan to increase educational attainment of the community with 10,000 more degrees and credentials awarded by 2025.

Dr. Michele Scott Taylor is the Chief Program Officer at College Now Greater Cleveland and provides strategic leadership for the organization’s programmatic efforts, including school- and community-based advising programs as well as federal programs such as Talent Search, GEAR Up, and Upward Bound. Her research and practice ensure that College Now’s programming reflects” Best in Class” thinking and is on the cutting-edge of research in the college access and success field. She also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels at local universities including John Carroll University and Cleveland State University.  Formerly, she taught at Baldwin Wallace University and Walsh University. 

Formerly a Senior Research Analyst for Cosmos Corporation, she conducted applied research, policy analysis, and evaluations for federally funded projects typically funded by Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and Department of Justice.  

Her professional and research interests include diversity, cultural competency development, program evaluation, organizational development and organizational learning in higher education and non-profit organizations.   She received two Bachelor/s degrees from the University of Akron majoring in Political Science, Sociology, and French.  She earned a Master of Education degree from Kent State University specializing in College Student Personnel as well as Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Higher Education Administrative and Policy Studies.

In the community, Michele takes pride in serving on the boards of Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Euclid School Foundation, the Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA); Leadership Cleveland’s Advisory board, and Ideastream’s Community Advisory Board. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Michele has received numerous recognitions including Leadership Cleveland c/o 2017; Cleveland Magazine’s “One to Watch”; YWCA’s Woman of Professional Excellence; and Kaleidoscope’s 40/40 (2012), to name a few.  Of all her accomplishments, she is most proud of her three children: Paris, Peighton and little Douglas!