Statement by Achieving the Dream Senior Vice President Carol Lincoln on the Recertification of 20 Leader Colleges

Silver Spring, MD (February 25, 2013) – Achieving the Dream is proud to announce the Leader College recertification of the following 20 Achieving the Dream Institutions:

Broward Community College
Coastal Bend College
Cuyahoga Community College
Danville Community College
Doña Ana Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Eastern Gateway Community College
El Paso Community College
Guilford Technical Community College
Hillsborough Community College
Houston Community College
Mountain Empire Community College
North Central State College
Patrick Henry Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
South Texas College
Southwest Texas Junior College
Tallahassee Community College
Valencia Community College
Zane State College

These colleges originally achieved Leader College status in 2009 and represent the first cohort of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges. The Leader College designation is granted for three-year cycles, at which point the colleges are required to submit a recertification application. These 20 colleges have all demonstrated continued commitment to the principles and values of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement all guided by a student-centered vision focused on equity and excellence. Further, they have continued to improve outcomes for students enrolled at their institutions.

Leader College recertification requires evidence of an institution’s leadership within the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The 20 recertified institutions have supported policies and practices central to the national mission of Achieving the Dream and we look forward to their continued leadership for student success.

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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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