More than 2,100 to Convene in San Francisco to Advance Community College Reform, Student Success



Silver Spring, MD (February 14, 2017) – Leaders and reformers from more than 260 community colleges will meet February 21-24 to share impactful approaches to helping more students earn certificates and degrees. These include building clear pathways to credentials, deepening community colleges’ institutional capacity, improving the transfer process from community colleges to four-year institutions, and engaging faculty as leaders of college-wide change in teaching and learning.

More than 100 community college presidents and chancellors also will meet in a day-long symposium on building a stronger education “ecosystem” to create shared priorities and leverage community assets using collective action strategies such as Promise Programs that offer students free tuition.

The community college leaders are meeting in San Francisco at DREAM 2017, the annual conference offered by Achieving the Dream, a national network of more than 200 reform-minded community colleges dedicated to helping more students succeed. Achieving the Dream’s President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout was one of Washington Monthly’s 16 most innovative people in higher education in 2016.

Members of the press may attend DREAM at no charge. Contact Lynn Reddy at or 240-450-3830 for registration information.

Learn more about Achieving the Dream at  Visit the DREAM conference website here.  You also can follow the conversation on Twitter using #ATD_DREAM.


Eloy Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning

Stephen M.R. Covey, Co-Founder, CoveyLink Worldwide

Martha Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign

College presidents, faculty, and staff from across the nation


DREAM 2017, Achieving the Dream’s Annual Conference


Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, February 24, 2017


Hilton San Francisco Union Square


February 21, 2017: Opening plenary; announcement of Leah Meyer Austin Award winner

February 22, 2017:  Plenary on lessons from the field about student success, highlighting high impact practices from leading-edge colleges 

February 22, 2017: Presidents and Chancellors Colloquium

February 23, 2017:  Panel presentation on faculty as change leaders; announcement of the winner of the Community College Financial Empowerment Award sponsored by OneMain Financial

February 24, 2017: Presentation by DREAM Scholars



























Media contact:

Lynn Reddy

(240) 450-3830


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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