Proud to Dream. Driven to Achieve.
To some, transforming colleges into catalysts for equity is unrealistic. Overwhelming. Impossible. But to ATD Network institutions, those challenges have always been invitations to imagine. Connect. Innovate. This week, we tip our hats to the 300+ ATD Network participants who believe in equity and economic vitality for all learners and communities. They dared to dream, and today, we celebrate the realities they’ve achieved together.
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They Dreamed It. Then, They Did It.
Celebrate the strides ATD Network institutions are making toward equitable student success.Tell us your institution's story
"Supported by our Achieving the Dream coaches, we launched a mentoring program in 2022, called SOARing Together: Mentoring Network. We are in year one of the program and already over 45 student mentees and 25 faculty/staff mentors are registered."
Tunxis Community College
"With the support of Achieving the Dream and SWIM Digital Group, we redesigned our communications strategies and focused on improving & streamlining the advising and registration process. At census date this fall semester, we saw a 22% increase in our non-traditional student enrollment, far exceeding our goal."
Louisiana State University at Eunice
"Our participation in Achieving the Dream’s Building Capacity for Change Seminar was the catalyst that helped us strategically design active learning and culturally responsive pedagogical professional learning opportunities to support the advancement of student learning and success through an equity lens. The result is our Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Certificate, with five embedded micro-credentials for faculty."
Florida State College at Jacksonville
"Our Achieving the Dream work helps us disaggregate our data to identify our equity gaps and students in the greatest need of support. Through our Ready, Set, Jet! (RSJ) summer bridge program, we are breaking down barriers for students from underserved communities who have not had strong success in high school. Our Summer 2022 RSJ students can boast a 3.3 average GPA and 100% retention rate to Fall 2022!"
Jackson College (Leader College)
“At Lorain County Community College, we dreamed of creating an ecosystem of supports for our students that helps them overcome challenges in and out of the classroom. Community is our middle name, and by leveraging community partners to support our students’ needs we have maximized impact. Our Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) is the center point of access to all available resources. Working with the ATD Network through the Holistic Student Supports Institute and workshops we have exponentially increased the resources our students and community can access on our campus.”
– Lorain County Community College (Leader College of Distinction, 2020 Leah Meyer Austin Award winner)
“We dreamed of equitable empowerment of homeless women. This summer Amarillo College joined forces with Martha’s Home, a shelter for homeless single women and mothers with children. Our goal, inspired by the PACCE initiative, is to empower the adult residents by scaling certificate and degree programs through AC’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program. Through this partnership, residents of Martha’s Home get help when barriers to higher education arise — like when a car breaks down or they can’t afford day care. Martha’s Home students are supported throughout their academic journey by individual mentors. Together, AC and Martha’s Home are loving students to success.”
– Amarillo College (Leader College of Distinction, 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award winner)
“We dream to identify and address the conditions necessary to cultivate and sustain an inclusive environment that promotes success for Black and Latino male students and can be scaled to support success for other marginalized students and employees. We plan to apply strategies to dismantle college structures that sustain systems of oppression and normalize whiteness, identify and cultivate systems that build an inclusive environment, increase representation of Black and Latinx employees, define and measure success for ourselves and our students, and more.”
We are excited about this opportunity to join the ATD Network. At Central Carolina Technical College, we are committed to ensuring all students are equipped with the tools they need to excel in college and achieve academic success and Achieving the Dream will assist us in providing those tools. CCTC is dreaming of developing pathways and programs that meet our learner’s specific needs. We are excited to work with our ATD coaches to strategize data-informed solutions that provide student-centered support.
– Kevin Pollock, President, Central Carolina Technical College (2022 cohort)
“We dreamed of living our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. After finding inspiration at DREAM 2020, we created a college definition of equity as a commitment to access, inclusion, systematic removal of barriers, and fairness. This simple activity has had profound impact, giving us common language and an opening for sense-making and professional learning. Since 2020, Western has deepened our equity work through our participation in the College Success for Single Mothers project. Western renewed our Leader College status in 2022 by narrowing the credits earned equity gap between Pell-eligible students and non-Pell-eligible students by three percentage points over four years. ATD keeps us accountable to our DEI commitment and poverty-informed practice!”
– Western Technical College (Leader College)