College Faculty Lead Changes in First-Ever National Teaching and Learning Institute

Teams of faculty, administrators, and students from 30 two-year and four-year institutions are gathering July 31 to August 3 to develop comprehensive plans to improve student learning on their campuses. Fourteen of the participating colleges are members of the Achieving the Dream National Network.

“This Institute is the first nation-wide event to engage faculty as leaders who are preparing to use data and evidence to change the quality of student learning at their campuses,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Institutional transformation that results in more students completing credentials is going to take focused attention to teaching practices in individual classrooms, so I’m proud that ATD and our institute partners are getting the work started now.” 

Achieving the Dream and four partner organizations—the National Survey of Student Engagement, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and the Washington Center at The Evergreen State College—are hosting the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TNLI).

The TNLI (#FacultyLeadingChangeTLNI), held at Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA, will provide an opportunity for teams led by college faculty to spread and discuss evidence-based strategies for both inside and outside the classroom in community colleges and universities. Teams will use data to identify shortcomings in student outcomes and study what is known about successful learning practices.

Achieving the Dream Senior Fellow Rachel Singer, Vice President for Community College Relations Cindy Lenhart, and Associate Director for Teaching & Learning Jon Iuzzini are serving as resource faculty at the Institute.

Participating ATD colleges include:

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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