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Excellence Deserves Recognition

The students and institutions in the ATD Network are constantly making strides in leadership, equity, and innovation. We’re thrilled to recognize outstanding achievement and distinction in the ATD Network, awarding both students and colleges each year.

Recognizing Institutional Excellence

Every year, Achieving the Dream honors colleges whose commitment to equitable outcomes has driven substantive improvements for students and their communities.

Leah Meyer Austin Award

The highest distinction a college in the ATD Network can earn, the LMA Award is given annually to a college that demonstrates outstanding long-term gains in student success and institutional equity.

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Special Recognition Award

ATD presents this award to colleges that have shown remarkable growth in institutional capacity made and significant progress in increasing student success.

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Leader College of Distinction

The ATD Network’s Leader Colleges of Distinction report rigorous metrics demonstrating sustained improvements in student outcomes and reduced equity gaps.

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Leader College

Leader College status indicates that every person affiliated with an institution is committed to ensuring access, belonging, and success for all of its students.

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DREAM Scholars

The DREAM Student Scholars program is a year-long experiential learning opportunity for community college students to grow as leaders, culminating in a platform at the annual DREAM conference.

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Harvey Lincoln Student Scholars

ATD provides annual need-based scholarships to community college students who have persisted in their studies despite educational, personal, or financial obstacles.

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ATD Network colleges benefit from the collecting learning of our national network of institutions and partners – as well as from our extensive years of experience innovating and anticipating future needs and issues in the face of continual change.

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Stories & Case Studies

While each institution is unique, it’s critical to learn from each other’s challenges and successes. Explore our leader stories and institutional case studies to inspire your whole college transformation.

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Join our upcoming webinars, virtual sessions, and events to learn from others who are diligently working to close equity gaps and improve student outcomes.

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