More than 1,400 Community College Leaders Convene in Dallas this Week to Increase Student Success and Completion

DALLAS, TX (February 27, 2012) – The nation’s most comprehensive reform network for community college student success in higher education history is convening this week in Dallas for “D.R.E.A.M.” - Achieving the Dream’s 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success.  More than 1,400 influential policy-makers, thought-leaders, and practitioners - who are all dedicated to increasing community college student success nationwide - are coming from across the nation to Dallas to share results, announce new multi-million-dollar partnerships, and direct the course of the reform movement for the upcoming year. *Detailed agenda can be viewed here.

*It is fitting that “D.R.E.A.M.” is hosted in Texas, home to 35 Achieving the Dream Institutions (10 of which are Round 1 Colleges), Achieving the Dream Board Member Joaquin Castro, and Achieving the Dream Investors: Greater Texas Foundation, Houston Endowment, Inc., and The Meadows Foundation. 


  • George V. Grainger, Senior Grant Officer, Houston Endowment, Inc. 
  • Paul Fain, Senior Reporter, Inside Higher Ed
  • Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation
  • Rosemarie Nassif, Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Wynn Rosser, Executive Director, Greater Texas Foundation
  • Robert G. Templin, President, Northern Virginia Community College and Chairman of       the Achieving the Dream Board of Directors
  • William E. Trueheart, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream
  • Jason Whitely, Senior News Reporter, WFAA-TV
  • Pamela D. Anglin, President, Paris Junior College
  • Glenda O. Barron, President, Temple College
  • Michael Dreith, President, Western Texas College
  • Larry Durrence, President, College of the Mainland
  • Kathyrn K. Eggleston, Interim President, Richland College
  • Jimmy L. Goodson, Interim President, Coastal Bend College
  • Zachary Hodges, President, Houston Community College System-Northwest College
  • William M. Holda, President, Kilgore College
  • J. Paul Matney, President, Amarillo College
  • Paul J. McCarthy, President, El Centro College
  • Dolline Men, President, Tarrant County College District
  • Shirley A. Reed, President, South Texas College
  • Richard M. Rhodes, President, Austin Community College
  • Ernest E. Roberts, Interim President, El Paso Community College District
  • James Henry Russell, President, Texarkana College
  • Christa Slejko, Interim President, North Lake College
  • Millicent M. Valek, President, Brazosport College


  • "D.R.E.A.M." - Achieving the Dream’s 2012 Annual Meeting on Student Success


  • Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Friday, March 2, 2012


  • Hyatt Regency Dallas
    300 Reunion Boulevard
    Dallas, Texas


  • February 28, 2012: Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award winner announced
  • February 29, 2012: New $2.5 million corporate partnership and pass-through grant announced
  • March 1, 2012: Phi Theta Kappa Student Plenary
  • March 2, 2012: DREAM Big for College Video Contest winner announced


Press Release Files

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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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