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The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network works on several levels to improve community college student outcomes:
On the ground, Achieving the Dream Institutions are implementing the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement and creating a culture of evidence in which data and inquiry inform broad-based institutional efforts to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes overall. Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges are demonstrating the power of this Model, and showing the nation that it is possible to raise persistence and graduation rates, close achievement gaps, and change lives.
- Read the bulleted accomplishments of our 2012 and 2011 Leader Colleges
- Read a summary of promising practices across all Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges
At the state level, Achieving the Dream State Policy Teams are embracing the State Policy Framework, implementing detailed action plans to advance their state priorities, and then assessing their progress annually against their own baseline data and against other states’ progress on 57 distinct success policies.
A hallmark of Achieving the Dream is a commitment to evidence-based decision-making. In an unprecedented level of transparency and commitment to continuous improvement, the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network is involved in a multi-year evaluation of our effort to increase student outcomes. The interim evaluation report, called Turning the Tide: Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges, was released in February 2011. The report identified some areas that need deeper thinking and great focus, including: better engaging full-time and adjunct faculty, taking interventions to scale, and bolstering institutional research (IR) and information technology (IT) capacity. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network is already taking action on these helpful findings through a new series of cutting-edge guides and national conference calls. The final evaluation is slated for release in 2013.
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