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HOW TO JOIN THE ACHIEVING THE DREAM NATIONAL REFORM NETWORK

For over 13 years, Achieving the Dream (ATD) colleges have led the national student success reform conversation, focusing the field on improving pathways through developmental education, building a culture of evidence throughout the campus, designing all interventions with equity and scale in mind from the beginning, and engaging all internal and external stakeholders in this work. Together, we are pushing the conversation forward towards developing an integrated, student-focused strategy to increase completion of high quality degrees and certificates.

Achieving the Dream serves as a catalyst helping community colleges bolster student success. We guide institutions committed to improving student outcomes through an institutional change process designed to enable all students to achieve their educational and career dreams. Learn more about how we do this by downloading this information packet.

Join us at the forefront of the student success reform movement and leverage our services to build your institution’s capacity to serve your students. Learn more about the application process, timeline, and eligibility below. Read about the 2017 Cohort here

QUOTES FROM NEW ATD COLLEGES

“We hope to draw multiple student success efforts into a college-wide, cohesive, data informed, well communicated approach to student success.

“We seek to grow organizationally in our capacity to ask the right questions, explore the data for insights and apply analytics to steer our efforts to improve student success.

"We hope participation in Achieving the Dream will enable us to focus on and invest resources in large scale strategies that effectively promote opportunity and equitable student success.”

2018 COHORT APPLICATION PROCESS

Each year, Achieving the Dream invites colleges interested in integrating their students success efforts into one cohesive strategy and build capacity to serve their students to join the Network and begin or intensify their student success reform efforts. Institutions interested in joining the Achieving the Dream Network for the 2018 Cohort should download and review the Achieving the Dream information packet.

To learn more about how Achieving the Dream can help your institution achieve its student success goals, contact Ashley McDonald at amcdonald@achievingthedream.org.

TIMELINE

September 27, 2017 – Application period opens

December 8, 2017 – Early Bird Deadline (early applicants receive two complimentary registrations to DREAM 2018)

February 20 – 23, 2018 – DREAM 2018 Nashville, TN – institutions interested in joining the Achieving the Dream Network are strongly encouraged to attend DREAM to learn more about the Network first-hand from our colleges and coaches

March 31, 2018 – Final application deadline to join the 2018 cohort

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any accredited, open access, and two-year community or technical institutions or four-year Minority Serving Institutions in the United States are eligible to apply. For a list of participating institutions, please visit http://achievingthedream.org/our-network/colleges.

State systems or groups of colleges interested in joining the Achieving the Dream Network as a consortium should contact us to learn more about how we can create a customized service package to suit your needs.

WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT ACHIEVING THE DREAM

1.    Download the Achieving the Dream information packet to learn more about the lessons our Network has learned over the last 13 years and how that has informed the development of our new Institutional Capacity Framework and service options. Review this information packet to learn more about:

  • Who we are and our work
  • The Institutional Capacity Framework and how it informs how we work with our colleges
  • The standard Achieving the Dream service package
  • The accomplishments of the Achieving the Dream Network in 2016
  • The services available to Prospective colleges

2.    Watch our video The ATD Impact, below, to hear ATD’s President & CEO, Dr. Karen A. Stout, ATD coaches, and the administrators, faculty and staff from Network colleges share how Achieving the Dream is helping community colleges bolster student success.

 

 

3.    Contact ATD Leader Colleges: We encourage the presidents of applicant institutions to consult with ATD Leader Colleges to learn about their experiences with Achieving the Dream. Please contact Ashley McDonald at amcdonald@achievingthedream.org for the Leader College Contact List to identify a college you would like to speak to.  Our Leader Colleges are happy to assist you!

Still have questions? Contact Ashley McDonald, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention at amcdonald@achievingthedream.org or by calling (240) 450 – 3849.

TOP 3 CHANGES OBSERVED ON CAMPUS

2016 Network Survey Results

 

  • Increased use of data
  • Intensified focus on student success
  • Revised and/or created new policies & procedures to support student success

2017 COHORT OF COLLEGES

Forty-three community colleges from seventeen states comprise Achieving the Dream’s 2017 Cohort. Members of each institution’s leadership team convened in Chicago, Illinois in mid-April and Cleveland, Ohio in mid-June to start their work as a member of the national network of colleges working together to improve student success across the country. As members of the Achieving the Dream Network, these colleges will work with individual Leadership and Data Coaches and will receive guidance and support from the ATD team to help them strengthen and build their capacity to ensure that more students complete postsecondary education and have greater opportunity for economic success.

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