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Leader Colleges

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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A hallmark of the ATD experience is to recognize exemplar institutions that have identified and implemented strategies that have been proven to be successful over time. We do this through the designation of Leader College status that indicates that every person who is affiliated with the institution is committed to ensuring student success for all of its students. The application period is open until October 17, 2023


ATD invites colleges that have completed at least three years of active network participation to apply for Leader College status. Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Active ATD participation in current year including payment of current invoice
  • Good standing with your accrediting agency (not on warning or probation)

Leader College certification metrics require colleges to provide four years of data and highlight a three-year upward trend on the two metrics selected in the All Students (Overall) group. Colleges must demonstrate, through disaggregation, the narrowing of an equity gap on at least one student characteristic on one or more metrics.

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