Achieving Bigger Dreams

Silver Spring, MD (June 17, 2013) – Achieving the Dream today welcomed its newest set of colleges into the National Reform Network, surpassing 200 institutions working to significantly improve student success. This marks an exciting milestone for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as it kicks off its 10th year. 

Thirteen institutions serving nearly 75,000 students throughout eight states will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“Becoming an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, diligence, and an unrelenting institution-wide commitment to student success and equity,” said William Trueheart, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “The 2013 Cohort represents a diverse group of colleges that should be applauded for doing their part in the student success reform movement.”

Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2013 Cohort

“This has been a milestone year for Walla Walla Community College,” said President of Walla Walla Community College Steven VanAusdle. “We have received significant state and national attention as one of the best community colleges in the nation for our student success work and now we look forward to continuing this critical work as an active participant in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.”

To set the stage for their work, the Achieving the Dream 2013 Cohort is participating in the 2013 Kickoff Institute in Orlando, Florida during June 17-20.  The Institute will provide a forum for the colleges to work with their Leadership and Data Coaches and begin utilizing the Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement.

At the Kickoff Institute the 2013 Cohort will also receive a sneak preview of the Interventions Showcase. This unique tool, newly-created by Achieving the Dream, provides colleges a platform to explore student success interventions and to find colleges that are implementing similar strategies.  Using information from the Interventions Showcase, the college can connect with others within the network to exchange ideas, challenges, and findings as they relate to specific interventions. 

“Over the last 10 years Achieving the Dream has collected important information about interventions that should be shared more broadly so that colleges can learn from one another,” said Nicole Melander, Achieving the Dream’s Chief Technology Officer. “We’ve worked hard to bring to our network a useful, informative tool that helps fill this void and feel confident that the benefits will be significant.”

Achieving the Dream will release more information about the Interventions Showcase and make this tool available to the general public in September 2013 to coincide with the start of the academic year.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia - helps 3.8 million  community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

 

 

 

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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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