Carol Lincoln

Carol Lincoln is Senior Vice President for Achieving the Dream, Inc. Carol brings to this role more than 35 years of experience working on issues of educational access, workforce development, and rural community development. Additionally, Carol served as the National Director of Achieving the Dream throughout the demonstration phase. In her current role, Carol influences all aspects of the organization and is primarily responsible for fundraising and development to ensure Achieving the Dream, Inc. continues to lead the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for community college student success in higher education history. In this role, Carol serves as a member of: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Statistics Pathway Steering Committee; and the American Student Achievement Institute Board of Directors.

Immediately before joining Achieving the Dream, Inc., Carol was Senior Program Director at MDC, an organization for which she worked for more than 30 years. From 1994 through 2003 Carol directed MDC’s Rural Community College Initiative's (RCCI) national demonstration program to increase educational access and economic opportunity in distressed rural communities. From 1998-2004, she co-led MDC's international work in Namibia and South Africa, where lessons from RCCI were used to help four-year institutions become catalysts for development in impoverished rural regions. She coauthored Let's Do It our Way: Working Together for Educational Excellence and America's Shame, America's Hope: Twelve Million Youth at Risk, which led to a national PBS television project to raise public awareness of the large numbers of youth leaving school unprepared for postsecondary education or careers. Previous experience includes the New York State Manpower Resources Commission and New York State Manpower Planning Council and later the National Commission for Employment Policy.

Educational Background:  Carol earned her BA in Mathematics and MA in sociology from State University of New York at Albany.

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