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Connecting the Dots to Help Students Thrive

Community colleges are in a unique position to meet students where they are. We believe that when these institutions better connect the academic, social, and operational dots, students thrive.

Our Areas of Expertise

Achieving the Dream is dedicated to being the place where community colleges go to grow. We provide institutions with holistic, 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. We call this Whole College Transformation.

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Data

Truly serving your students means no one gets lost in the shuffle – or the numbers. We unpack how your people, processes, and systems use data to build and refine strategies for student success.

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Equity

Colleges must examine and redesign structures, processes, and attitudes that fuel inequities. We give you the insights, foundational skills, and transformational strategies needed to drive equitable student outcomes.

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Holistic Student Supports

Each student is unique, from the personal and academic support they need to their individual dreams and goals. We help you design student-centered operations by envisioning the ideal student experience and developing an action plan for getting there.

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K–12 Partnerships

By bridging high school and college education, your community can help low-income youth and young adults earn the credentials and degrees they need to succeed in the workforce. We support you in linking high school and college networks, engaging youth at risk of not receiving a high school diploma, and identifying barriers that exist within current systems.

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Leadership

The best leaders are not stagnant; they’re always learning and growing. We help you develop a clear and compelling vision for student success — and use that vision to set priorities, orchestrate action, and build a student-centered culture.

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Pathways

All students need a clear path to completion and careers of value. We advise colleges on building guided pathways that help students choose – and stay on – their path, ensuring learning is intentional and future opportunities are explicit.

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Teaching & Learning

Effective teaching and learning practices maximize student outcomes by helping students feel valued, connected, and engaged. We help colleges build the infrastructure they need to offer high quality teaching and learning by implementing data-informed and equity-based practices, creating hubs of faculty innovation, and more.

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Foundations of Transformation

As our core program, Foundations of Transformation is 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.

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Accelerating Transformation

Once a solid foundation has been built, it’s time to accelerate. Accelerating Transformation engagements span multiple areas of expertise, from K12 partnerships to equity to holistic student support. These services dive deeper within specific institutional capacities and are customized based on each college’s areas of growth.

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Team

Our experts have worked in community colleges across the country and have firsthand knowledge of how to help your institution create solutions that address your unique challenges.

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