Achieving the Dream to Advise 14 Institutions of Higher Education on Integrated Planning & Advising

ATD to Advance Student Success in New Role as Technical Assistance Provider

SILVER SPRING, Md. (September 15, 2015) - Achieving the Dream today announced it is providing technical assistance to 14 two-and four-year higher education institutions as part of the Integrated Planning & Advising for Student Success in Higher Education (iPASS) initiative to leverage technology to enhance support for student success.

“Strong, integrated planning and advising services have the potential to significantly improve how students experience college,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “We’re ready and excited to take on a new role as technical assistance provider based on our expertise in coaching and our commitment to using cutting-edge data and technology to strengthen student success and completion.”

Following a rigorous application process, 24 higher education institutions have been awarded grants of up to $225,000 to adopt an integrated, technology-supported approach to planning and advising that will enhance and streamline course advising, selection, and registration as well as the tracking of student progress.

EDUCAUSE, the lead iPASS partner, will provide technical assistance to 10 participating four-year institutions. Of the grantees, 20 are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Four are funded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust for iPASS systems that will focus specifically on supporting the unique needs of community college students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

“STEM fields present a remarkable source of opportunity for community college students,” Ryan Kelsey, Education Program Officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust said. “By improving the planning and advising services at the four STEM-focused iPASS schools, Achieving the Dream will help these institutions play a crucial role in increasing the enrollment and success of under-represented students in STEM.”

Throughout the three-year grant period, Achieving the Dream will provide planning, implementation, and progress monitoring guidance on a variety of topics, including technical and change management support to the 14 colleges and universities as they implement new and strengthen existing iPASS systems focused on student success. The iPASS initiative will also highlight promising practices in a variety of transformative change areas, including business process reengineering, end-user adoption, attitudinal change, multi-tiered leadership, and use of predictive analytics and other data to enhance services.

Achieving the Dream will leverage its National Reform Network to accelerate effective adoption of iPASS systems by sharing results and lessons identified through rigorous third-party formative and summative evaluation, conducted by the Community College Research Center.

Click here to read more about the iPASS initiative.


iPASS Grantee Institutions Advised by Achieving the Dream

  • Community College of Philadelphia - PA
  • Patrick Henry Community College - VA
  • Queensborough Community College - NY
  • South Texas College - TX
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Community College - NY
  • Trident Technical College* - SC
  • Georgia State University - GA
  • Montgomery County Community College - PA
  • Doña Ana Community College* - NM
  • University of Hawai’i System/Honolulu Community College* - HI
  • Northern Essex Community College - MA
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College - WI
  • University of Texas at San Antonio - TX
  • Zane State College* - OH

*These institutions are recipients of STEM Challenge grants, which are funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. 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 improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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