The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network includes over 200 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
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4 Million

community college students

  • 200+

  • 36

  • 15

    state policy

Our collective efforts have changed the conversation among community colleges: from valuing student access to higher education to prizing both access and success – so that students finish what they start and attain credentials that help them secure a job with family sustaining wages.

We believe in the enormous potential of community colleges to contribute to individual student success, community well-being, and state and national economic competitiveness.

As community colleges are working toward student success, they are faced with local, state and Federal policies which challenge acceleration and completion strategies.

Achieving the Dream mobilizes greater support for community colleges and spotlights the importance of a comprehensive agenda for student success and the role of community colleges in meeting the nation’s workforce needs.

  • Colleges

    More than 200 institutions of higher education throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia are part of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. These institutions play a vital role in advancing the student success agenda and helping state and national efforts to close achievement gaps and increase the attainment of credentials and degrees. 

  • State Policy Teams

    Public policy is a powerful force that can either help or hinder the efforts of community colleges working to close achievement gaps and increase student success and completion. Some of the most promising advances in student success are in states where community college leaders and state policymakers are working as partners to make well-informed, mutually-reinforcing reform decisions anchored in equity and excellence.

Explore Our Site

  • About Us: Who We Are

    Meet the Achieving the Board of Directors, Data and Leadership Coaches, Investors, Partners, and Staff.

  • Join the Movement

    Learn how you can help advance student success by applying to become a part of our Network.

  • Knowledge Center

    Explore Achieving the Dream’s Knowledge Center- a searchable database containing guides, case studies, and reports.

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