Making College Pay:
Strategies for Choosing Wisely, Doing Well & Maximizing Your Return

If you have heard the phrase “knowledge economy,” then you already know why the decision to go to college is different today than it was a generation ago. But most advice about college hasn’t changed to keep up with the times.

There is a dark side to the oversimplified message about the importance and value of college. The rewarding payback for your investment of money and time to earn a bachelor’s degree is nowhere near the “sure bet” it once was. That means you need some different strategies and different tools to help you make choices about your educational investment.

This book helps you and your family gain the understanding and perspective you need to make choices that maximize the return on your college investment. That means making choices that focus on three goals:
·     Minimize college costs.
·     Increase marketability.
·     Improve likelihood of graduating.

Making College Pay helps you:
·     Evaluate colleges based on four key characteristics.
·     Find this important information – for free.
·     Get a better understanding of the real cost of attending college for four, five or six years. 
·     Estimate how long it will take for you to see any payback on your education investment.
·     Gain the skills that will set you apart in the job market.
·     Improve your odds of success – graduation.

Book Details:
Authors: Alice C. Stewart & Fran Stewart
224 pages
Published 2011

In Their Path:
A Grandmother’s 519-Mile Underground Railroad Walk

In April 2002, 73-year-old Joan Southgate stepped off from the small town of Ripley, Ohio, with a simple goal: She wanted to highlight the courage, creativity and strength of the slave families and conductor families involved in one of America’s first civil right movements — the Underground Railroad. She walked 519 miles across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and on to Canada to honor all those whose stories were never captured and documented in that time of secret, illegal and dangerous organizing. Using e-mail journals and school visits, she taught the lessons of this historic collaboration of free blacks, free whites, Native Americans and freedom seekers. From schoolchildren to community groups, bank presidents to a truck driver, her inspiring story and message of heroism and hope has resonated over the miles. The walking has stopped, but her mission continues.

Authors: Joan E. Southgate & Fran Stewart
288 pages
Published 2004
ISBN: 978-0-9759366-0-3
Available on Amazon

Tales From Grenney Lane & Other Stories

Grenney Lane, but one block long in mid-America, shelters unsuspected tales.  How well do you know your neighbors? You may be surprised by some of them here: octogenarian, murderous father, three-year-old with helicopter mom, new bride, DIY business suit, catnapper.

Marjorie Howard Johnson’s Other Stories take place in scattered locations: New York City, Ireland, advanced Latin class, New Mexico, the woods at night. Narratives and styles vary, but there are always irony and humor.

Johnson’s novel, The Sweet Ballads of Charles Aznavour, and her volume of poetry, Mad Mother Moon, are available at

Author: Marjorie Howard Johnson
104 pages
Published 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9759366-8-9
Available on Amazon

‘I’m Better Than That’: A Tribute to Eric Russell

When his high school yearbook labeled him “Blacky,” Eric Scott Russell had a choice: Run away, retaliate or stand tall and become a leader. He wrote: “I decided that I had to work to my full potential and try to accomplish all that I could in life so that people would always be able to see, by my achievements, the kind of person that I truly am. I decided to remain at my high school and complete my senior year, rather than allow the pain of racism to drive me away. I would face the racism and try to correct it.

This is his story.

Eric died on December 2, 2002, from bacterial meningitis — the very day his acceptance letter arrived from his No. 1 college choice, Seton Hall. At his funeral, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones read aloud his   application essay, “Overcoming Adversity.” Eric face much adversity in his short life. This slim book recounts his life and struggles, through Eric’s own writing and through the eyes of his family and friends, and uses his personal story to motivate young people to take action against bullying and intolerance.

Author: A project of the Cleveland Urban Journalism Workshop
40 pages
Published 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9759366-4-1
Available by emailing

Sowing SEEDS for Creative Solutions:
Cases From the Sales Field

The North Carolina A&T State University School of Business and Economics is pleased to advance student interest and understanding of Professional Selling through the development of this case book. The cases are designed to enhance students’ understanding of how to cultivate effective strategies for handling issues in sales using creative solutions-selling techniques. Our goal is to provide a case book that brings academic study to life, making education relevant and valuable. 

Editor: Jacqueline A. Williams, Ph.D.
96 pages
Published 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9759366-3-4
Out of Stock

Shadows of Home:
Women’s Re-entry Network Writers Share Their Views From Behind and Beyond Bars

Since it was established in 1995, the mission of WREN has been to enhance the quality of life for women involved in the criminal justice system, their families and the community by helping participants re-enter society in such a way as to enhance self-sufficiency and access to resources, increase positive social supports and family ties, overcome barriers to achieving goals, and reduce the risk of recidivism.  WREN staff members work with women who are currently incarcerated and those who have returned to the Greater Cleveland community.

WREN provides a holistic network of mental health, education, employment, family and support services. Through WREN, women can begin the process of rebuilding their lives, reconnecting with family and reclaiming their place as productive members of the community.

Editor: Kathy Baker
116 pages
Published 2006
ISBN: 0-9759366-2-X
Available from WREN

‘Bout Time

“I lose time. Whole blocks of time, while I am still here. I know it only after the fact, after I slowly return. There is a thought, Oh. I am coming back now. I look up. Here I am. I have been away. I am never sure of how long. I sometimes note how long it seems.” Joan Southgate, author of In Their Path, tells the story of her life and the bouts of amnesia she experienced due to childhood abuse. Although it masked horrible violence and betrayal, the amnesia about the abuse allowed her to live a full, amazing life. You’ll cry at some of the violence and trauma, but you’ll also laugh at the warmth and humor of her family life.

Author: Joan E. Southgate
176 pages
Published 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9759366-5-8
Available from the author

From the Trenches to Classrooms:
Continuing Education at Case Western Reserve University and the Evolution of ACE

“Western Reserve University’s venture into adult education began not in Cleveland but in France after the 1918 armistice, as Newton Diehl Baker, Wilson’s Secretary of War and Cleveland’s former mayor, wrestled with the problem of keeping 2 million restless doughboys out of trouble.  The fighting was over and the soldiers were stranded in Europe with nothing to do while they waited for ships to take them home.  Britain, France, and the U.S. Department of War feared the worst. General Pershing’s army proposed to drill them until they dropped, hoping at the same time to work out solutions to the past errors of the Meuse-Argonne offensive.  Secretary Baker considered that a pointless exercise for soldiers about to be demobilized.  Nevertheless some way to keep the men peaceably occupied had to be found.”

Thus begins this fascinating look at CWRU’s ground-breaking adult education program.

Author: Paula Coppedge
84 pages
Published 2006
ISBN: 0-9759366-1-1
Out of Stock

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