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Achieving the Dream welcomes 8 new colleges to its network to advance equity and student success

News & Updates
April 11, 2024

ATD announced today that eight community colleges have joined the ATD Network of more than 300 institutions across the country as part of the 2024 Network cohort.

These 2024 Network cohort colleges are making a bold commitment to their students and the communities they serve, according to ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout. “These institutions, like all the institutions in the ATD Network, recognize the vital role community colleges play in advancing both the socio-economic mobility of their students as individuals and the overall well-being of entire communities,” she said. “ATD’s commitment to equity is the foundation for the significant, transformative shifts that our Network colleges undergo, ultimately benefiting the broader populations they serve. The 2024 Network cohort colleges are highly motivated to instigate change, and I am eager to witness the progress we can achieve together on this journey as they become part of our Network.”

The colleges will enter into ATD’s Foundations of Transformation core engagement, an intensive three-year program, where they will work with ATD’s expert coaches to build essential capacities for student success, focusing on equity, data, teaching and learning, leadership, community partnerships, student supports, and more.

The colleges in the 2024 Network cohort are as follows:

  • Clovis Community College, California
  • East Central College, Missouri
  • Frederick Community College, Maryland
  • Howard Community College, Maryland
  • Madera Community College, California
  • Midland College, Texas
  • Phoenix College, Arizona
  • Waubonsee Community College, Illinois

The 2024 Network cohort joins seven other colleges that recently became part of the ATD Network through the Accelerating Equitable Outcomes initiative, which is funded in part by a gift from MacKenzie Scott and focuses this year on transforming students’ experiences and outcomes at rural-serving institutions.

All 15 colleges will attend ATD’s Kickoff Institute, an annual event to welcome incoming Network colleges, which will be held this year from June 12 to 14 in New Orleans. The Kickoff will set the stage for the colleges’ partnerships with ATD and introduce them to the organization’s Institutional Capacity Framework, a comprehensive assessment built on essential capacities that help colleges develop a student-centered culture and enhance student success.

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