"Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count" was conceived as a national initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation (Founding Investor) and seven founding partner organizations that are leaders in the higher education field: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas-Austin (CCLP); Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University (CCRC); Jobs for the Future; MDC; MDRC; and Public Agenda. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional change, 2) influencing public policy, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public.
Over the course of the first six years, Achieving the Dream demonstrated that innovative, evidence-based community college programs and interventions can produce and sustain improved student success. So, in 2010, with the support of the Founding Investor and Founding Partners, Achieving the Dream’s Managing Partner (MDC) established an independent national nonprofit organization: Achieving the Dream, Inc. This nonprofit is led by an influential and diverse Board of Directors and professional leadership team, and continues to work closely with an extensive network of partners, investors, advisors, coaches, colleges, and state policy teams to help millions of community college students realize greater economic opportunity and achieve their dreams. Today, Achieving the Dream, Inc. leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success in higher education history.
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