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“Through intentional work over the last decade, with ATD as a partner, Columbus State has made strides toward closing equity gaps in key student success metrics… Community colleges can be agents of change for racial equity in the communities we serve.”
David Harrison, President, Columbus State Community College
Institution Benefited From
- ICAT Assessment
- 3-Year Core Coaching Experience
- Professional Learning Communities
- Racial Equity Leadership Academy
This Is Whole College Transformation.
The community colleges we work with are distinct: They choose transformation over tradition, curiosity over inaction, innovation over status quo. Achieving the Dream is dedicated to being the trusted partner community colleges seek to better connect the academic, social, and operational dots. We provide institutions with integrated, tailored support for every aspect of their work — from foundational capacities such as leadership, data, and equity to intentional strategies for supporting students holistically, building K-12 partnerships, and more.
Whole College Transformation starts here. Foundations of Transformation is our core program; it’s a multi-year, intensive engagement led by expert coaches and teams, designed to build foundational capacities that enable sustainable college transformation across leadership, equity, data — and so much more.Get Started
Once a solid foundation has been built, it’s time to accelerate. Accelerating Transformation engagements span multiple areas of expertise, from K-12 partnerships to equity to holistic student support. These services are designed to go deeper within specific institutional capacities and are customized based on each college’s areas of growth.Go Deeper
Trusted experts for the journey ahead.
Our experts have worked in community colleges across the country. They’ve seen challenges up close; they understand the tools required to help create smart solutions that address your institution’s unique challenges. With Achieving the Dream, you’ll work directly with our network of experts to create and follow your path to transformation.Learn More About Our Experts
Ready-to-use tools for a big impact.
While each institution is unique, it’s critical to learn from each other’s challenges and successes. Use our actionable, field-tested resources to augment your whole-college transformation.
Trusted by leading community colleges across the country.
At Achieving the Dream, you’re in good company: We’ve worked with over 300 colleges in 45 states.
colleges in the Achieving the Dream Network
students served by network colleges
coaching hours provided in 2021
attendees at the 2021 DREAM conference and learning events
Continuous opportunities for improvement
Join our upcoming webinars, virtual sessions, and events to learn from one another as we work to close equity gaps and improve student outcomes.
ATD is hosting two application office hours. Staff will walk through the application process for the 2024 Leah Meyer Austin Award, Leader College designation, and Leader College of Distinction designation. If you have any questions regarding the application, we encourage you to join the office hours or view the recordings.
Achieving the Dream’s two-day virtual Teaching and Learning Summit, Advancing Equitable Student Learning in Times of Accelerating Change, brings together faculty, leaders of professional learning, instructional designers, department chairs, deans, and others for interactive workshops and guided conversations to advance campus-wide transformation. Our current moment—a time of accelerated change in higher education—calls for us to be agile educators, implementing equity-minded strategies such as culturally responsive practices, open educational resources, and high-impact professional learning to sustain and scale our classroom innovations. Together, let’s navigate the changes ahead and advance equity in student learning and success on our campuses.