College Resources

In this space, colleges can access important resources such as logos, style guides, communications materials, and Achieving the Dream reporting tools and guidelines based on your cohort year.

Annual College Progress instructions can be found below.


Data Discovery

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    Data Discovery is a comprehensive guide to student success through the lens of data, customized for Achieving the Dream Network institutions. The digital guide is media-rich and interactive and is mobile optimized to adjust for viewing on a smart phone, tablet and PC. The guide includes embedded resources such as webinars, data templates and resources and is a living publication that will be updated annually. Data Discovery includes the foundational data that all colleges should be collecting and analyzing to cultivate a culture of evidence to support student success.

Data Collection and Reporting Transition

  • Achieving the Dream is pleased to announce that we have identified an alternative method of data collection that lifts the administrative and maintenance burdens of providing a separate data extract to Achieving the Dream. Through an exciting new partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), Achieving the Dream will receive extracts and reports prepared from student data currently submitted to NSC by our participating colleges. Like the original Achieving the Dream database, these data will include student cohorts tracked longitudinally. As we shift our emphasis to the new NSC data sharing process, please make note that the Achieving the Dream database and data submission site will sunset permanently on June 30, 2015.

    The resources shared here provide guidance for Achieving the Dream Institutions on the transition from the now retired Achieving the Dream data submission process to the new NSC data sharing process.

    Data Insight Webinar Series: ATD New Data Collection and Reporting Process


    November 3, 2015 -- If you are an Ellucian client, Achieving the Dream is aware of the issue with Banner, Colleague and PowerCampus in reporting the Pell Grant Recipient Flag and Remedial Flag. Both of these data elements are explained on page 18 (record layout) and page 37 (field definition) of the National Student Clearinghouse Enrollment Reporting Programming and Testing Guide. Achieving the Dream has notified Ellucian of these issues and Ellucian has confirmed that they have received notification and are working on a resolution. ATD recognizes that you cannot report the fields until Ellucian resolves the issue. We will keep you updated on the resolution status.

    February 1, 2016 Ellucian has solved this issue for Banner clients. Changes were included in Banner Student release that went out Friday, December 18. Please test this upgrade and start include the optional fields in all future submission.

Leader College Materials

Communications Materials

Leah Meyer Austin Award Materials


    In 2009, when Kenneth Ender became president of William Rainey Harper College, he discovered faculty and staff who were ready for a college-wide strategy that emphasized student success. Harper's students were not completing enough of the credentials they had come to college to earn, and Harper's faculty and staff wanted that to change.

    Dr. Ender saw in that desire a unique opportunity to unify the college under one common agenda. With the support of the board of trustees, Harper College joined the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network in 2009 and began applying the ATD Institutional Improvement Model and organizing to launch a student success agenda grounded in the principle of building community.

    The overall impact has been transformational. Since joining ATD, Harper College's culture has evolved from one of "stand-alone excellence" to a community dedicated to "integrated excellence." Leaders from all areas of the college are now empowered to improve the student experience. The collective efforts of the college community have contributed to an impressive ten percentage points increase in their graduation rate.

    Read the brochure below to learn more about how they did it.


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    leah_meyer_austin_award_2016.pdf1.13 MB
  • The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) receives the 2015 Leah Meyer Austin Award jointly with  Patrick Henry Community College.

    Institutional transformation did not happen overnight at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). And it did not happen by chance. As the largest provider of higher education in the region, CCBC takes the responsibility for student success seriously, and has committed to making college work for all learners.

    That commitment was put to the test when CCBC came to the stark realization that most of its students were not advancing to and through gateway courses and academic
    programs. From 2007 to 2011, CCBC experienced dramatic increases in enrollments, upwards of 36 percent. With these increases came more students who were less
    prepared, more diverse, and more at-risk of dropping out. And these challenges disproportionately impacted African-American students.

    Read the brochure to learn how CCBC did in the face of these challenges. 

  • Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) receives the 2015 Leah Meyer Austin Award jointly with The Community College of Baltimore County.

    To say that rural southcentral Virginia has experienced tough economic challenges and high unemployment rates as a grave understatement. Once dubbed the “furniture capital of the world,” this region faced a new title in the wake of the 2007 recession: the unemployment capital of Virginia. Much of its citizenry lives below the poverty line and lacks a high school education, limiting the availability of jobs that offer family-sustaining wages.

    Through strong academic and workforce programs, PHCC and its community and business partners have now earned the “Advanced Film Manufacturing Capital of the World” designation for their community. Today, Achieving the Dream proudly adds another title to PHCC’s repertoire: 2015 Leah Meyer Austin Award Winner.

    Read the brochure to learn how PHCC achieved this dramatic improvement. 

  • Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) received the 2014 Leah Meyer Austin Award for working effectively to help every student achieve his or her education goals. The president, trustees, staff, and faculty—both part-time and full-time—move forward with the understanding that individuals’ success in higher education has the potential for positive, multi-generation effects on families and communities. Through implementation of Achieving the Dream’s Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement, MCCC has built whole-college solutions to improve student success and equity, tailored to the unique needs of its student body.

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  • Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received the 2014 Leah Meyer Austin Award for building whole-college solutions to increase student success and achieve equity outcomes. The commitment of faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees to Achieving the Dream’s Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement made it possible for BHCC to sustain momentum on ambitious student success goals even as its enrollment grew from 8,000 to 14,000 students and the college transitioned to a new president.

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  • South Texas College (STC) receives the 2013 Leah Meyer Austin Award for demonstrating systemic institutional changes that have resulted in noteworthy increases in student success. Through the implementation of Achieving the Dream’s Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement, STC has:

    • Created a college-going culture in its community
    • Raised its three-year graduation rate
    • Expanded its dual enrollment program
    • Improved college-readiness of incoming students
    • Increased completion rates in developmental and gateway courses

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  • Zane State College received the 2012 Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Award for closing the gap between developmental education students and college ready students, and improving the retention of drop-out prone students. Zane State College’s Achieving the Dream strategies have changed the college’s culture and raised the prospects of residents of Zanesville and the other low-income, rural Appalachian Ohio communities served by the college. In Fall 2011, 87% of the college’s 2,900 students received financial aid; 76% needed developmental courses.

    The Austin Award recognizes the superb management of the college’s leadership team, as well as the college’s closing of gaps between underprepared and college-ready students, and its steady graduation rate amid exponential enrollment growth of high-need students.

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  • El Paso Community College receives the 2011 Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Leadership Award for simultaneously increasing student success and college access.  With Achieving the Dream the college instigated a college going culture in a metropolitan border area where 82% of residents are Hispanic, 27% are low-income, and 54% have a high school diploma or less education.

    EPCC's multi-faceted strategy reduces the number of students who need developmental courses; improves the performance of students who place in developmental courses; adds to enrollment in gateway courses; expands completion rates in gateway courses; and raises graduation rates.

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  • Guilford Technical Community College was selected as the 2010 winner of the Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award for its outstanding achievements in changing its institutional culture.

    In their award application GTCC leaders summarized the impact this way: “In the 50-year history of the college, there has never been an initiative that has produced more meaningful involvement of the total college community.” Outside evaluators agree that GTCC has
    institutionalized its student success agenda and systematized data use across the college. “Most of its numerous strategic interventions—ranging from a supplemental instruction program for developmental education students to a revamped orientation and
    streamlined intake process for [developmental education] first-year students—have each been implemented and evaluated over time. Furthermore, several strategies have been scaled up based on promising student outcomes to reach increasing numbers of students,” MDRC evaluators reported in 2009.

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  • Valencia Community College was selected as the first winner of the Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award for its excellent execution of data-informed initiatives to close performance gaps among students from different ethnic and economic backgrounds. The systemic strategies developed collaboratively by Valencia’s faculty and staff are also improving the success rates of all students in the gatekeeper courses they target.

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    2009_Austin Award Brochure.pdf799.5 KB

Working Families Success Network (WFSN) Materials

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