New 2014 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges

Achieving the Dream (ATD) announced the addition of 16 of the nation’s top community colleges to its list of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges—a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. These leaders have shown how data-informed decision making can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

With the guidance of experienced Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges not only systemically change the way they operate, but also implement key student supports that align with their overall policies and institutional systems, such as college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student-success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, and intensive and individualized advising.

Achieving the Dream is proud to announce the 2014 Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges and highlight the results these 16 colleges are experiencing as they raise the bar to better serve their students:

Leader College Promising Results Achievement Gap Closures

Amarillo College

Increased fall-to-fall persistence rates for all students in the ATD cohort from 46.6% in 2008-09 to 50.6% in 2012-13. The fall-to-fall persistence rates for African American students increased by 7 percentage points.
East Los Angeles College Increased developmental education English success rates for all first-time-in-college (FTIC) students (referred) from 21.8% in 2007 to 34.1% in 2010. The developmental education English success rates for African American students increased by 20 percentage points. The developmental education English success rates for Pell recipients increased by 9 percentage points.
Eastern Maine Community College Increased developmental education math success rates for all students in ATD cohort (referred) from 26.9% in 2008-09 to 50.2% in 2011-12.  

Everett Community College

Increased fall-to-fall persistence rates for all students in the ATD cohort from 41.5% in 2009-10 to 47.3% in 2012-13.

 

Jackson College

Increased completion of gateway English courses from 77.4% 2009-10 to 79.7% in  2012-13.

 

Jefferson Community & Technical College

Increased fall-to-spring persistence rates for all First-Time-at-Jefferson students 69.6% in 2010-11 to 71.4% in 2013-14.

 

Lane Community College

Increased developmental education English success rates for all FTIC students (referred) from 33.8% in 2006-07 to 38.0% in 2011-12.

The developmental education English success rates for students of color increased by 11 percentage points.

Los Angeles Harbor College

Increased fall-to-spring persistence rates for all students in the ATD cohort from 64.6% in 2009-10 to 69.6% in 2012-13.

The fall-to-spring persistence rates for Hispanic students increased by 8 percentage points.

Lower Columbia

Increased completion of gateway math courses from 27.9% in the 2008 cohort to 34.9% in the 2011 cohort.

The gateway math completion rates increased for Pell recipients by 7 percentage points.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Increased completion with "C" or better for all students from 77.4% in 2009-10 to 81.7% in 2012-13.

 

Oklahoma City Community College

Increased developmental education math success rates for all FTIC students (referred) from 19.5% in 2009-10 to 22.5% in 2012-13.

 

Passaic County Community College

Increased fall-to-spring persistence rates for all new students from 68.3% in 2008-09 to 72.7% in 2011-12.

The fall-to-spring persistence rates for African American students increased by 10 percentage points.

Pierce College (CA)

Increased ratio of all credit hours successfully completed from 66.3% in 2009-10 to 69.5% in 2012-13.

 

Pierce College (WA)

Increased fall-to-fall persistence rates for new, degree-seeking students from 53.4% in 2009-10 to 58.1% in 2012-13.

 

Richland College

Increased completion of gateway English courses from 49.0% in 2007-08 to 56.6% in 2010-11.

The gateway English completion rates for African American and Hispanic students increased by 7 percentage points each.

Rose State College

Increased fall-to-fall persistence rates for new, degree-seeking students from 60.3% in 2009-10 to 63.8% in 2012-13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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