State Policy Teams

State policy reform is an integral part of Achieving the Dream. Our state policy teams identify and promote policies that support colleges’ efforts to improve student outcomes. 15 states have participated in formal Achieving the Dream policy work.

Jobs for the Future – an Achieving the Dream Founding Partner – continues to help implement Achieving the Dream's state policy reform efforts. Together, Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future, have helped galvanize a collective of state policymakers and influencers, investors, and collegial organizations to help all students finish what they start.
 

History


Since 2004, 15 states have joined and participated in formal Achieving the Dream policy work.

  • 2004 - Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia

  • 2005 - Connecticut and Ohio

  • 2006 - Pennsylvania and Washington

  • 2007 - Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina

  • 2009 - All 15 states continue their work, but Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia focus on developmental education through their participation in the Developmental Education Initiative

  • 2012 - Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia continue policy work through the Postsecondary State Policy Network 

  • 2014 - All states continue their work through the Postsecondary State Policy Network, but Ohio, Connecticut, and Florida expand their work through the STEM Regional Collaboratives

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  • AR
    Arkansas

    State Contact

    Mike Leach

    Arkansas Center for Student Success

    Arkansas began its student success and completion policy work in 2007. From 2007-2012, Arkansas’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. Arkansas will now further its policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from the Student Success Center Intitiative.

    The Student Success Center Intitiative is supported by the Kresge Foundation. Through this intitiative, JFF supports new and emerging state-level Student Success Centers that organize a state's community colleges around common action to improve persistence and completion. 

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

     
  • CT
    Connecticut

    State Lead

    Board of Regents for Higher Education/Connecticut State Colleges & Universities

    State Contact

    Aynsley Diamond, Ed. D.

    Acting Assistant Director, Policy & Research

    Board of Regents for Higher Education

    Connecticut and its colleges are redesigning curriculum, developing intensive supports for students who go directly into college-level courses, grappeling with alternatives for students who are ideintified as having math or English skills at 8th grade level or below, and implementing a multiple measures placement policy. 

    The state is also establishing a new Student Success Center starting in spring 2014.

    Background 
    Connecticut began its student success and completion policy work when the Connecticut Community Colleges System became active in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, as a policy state in 2005. From 2005-2009, Connecticut’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. The state’s work from 2009-2012 was supported by participation in the Developmental Education Initiative. Connecticut and its community colleges continue to further their policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from Achieving the Dream.

    The Board of Regents for Higher Education serves as a governing board for 17 higher education institutions in Connecticut (the University of Connecticut remains separately governed by its own Board of Trustees). It retains responsibility for program approval of all public institutions and to coordinate statewide accountability efforts that will include the University of Connecticut.

    There are 12 community colleges in the state of Connecticut, three of which are Achieving the Dream Institutions (Capital Community College, Norwalk Community College, and Housatonic Community College). The State Policy Team will support a learning network among all 12 of these community colleges and will enable lessons learned from the Achieving the Dream Colleges to spread not only to other Achieving the Dream Colleges, but all colleges in the state of Connecticut.

     

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

  • FL
    Florida

    State Contact

    Florida Department of Education, Division of Florida Colleges

    325 West Gaines Street, Room 1544
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

    Florida began its student success and completion policy work in 2004. From 2004-2009, Florida’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. The state’s work from 2009-2012 was supported by participation in the Developmental Education Initiative. Florida is furthering its policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from the Completion by Design intitiative.

    The Completion by Design inititiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this intiative, JFF works with community college associations and state systems in the three participating states (Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio) to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under 26. JFF helps state teams identify and implement policies that support college efforts to provide needed structure for the student experience, from initial connection to college through completion or transfer. 

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

     
     
  • HI
    Hawaii

    State Lead

    Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges

    University of Hawaii 
    Bachman Hall 207 
    2444 Dole Street 
    Honolulu, HI 96822 

    State Contact

    John Morton

     Vice President for Community Colleges, University of Hawai‘i

    "Our participation in the Network’s semi-annual State Policy Meetings and day-long Cross-State Topics [meetings] has been invaluable in providing new and different avenues to advance the completion agenda. The concentration of resources in a single location and time provides needed “bang for the buck” to an isolated state with high travel expenses." —John Morton, Vice President for Community Colleges, University of Hawai’i 

    Hawaii’s Evidence-based Reform Initiatives
    Like other states, Hawai’i is seeking to dramatically improve student outcomes in its community colleges. The Hawai’i Graduation Initiative commits the University of Hawai’i and its community colleges to increase the number of graduates by 25 percent by the year 2015. Hawai’i and its peer states leverage the resources of the Postsecondary State Policy Network to achieve their goals by learning from reforms in other states, gaining exposure to leading experts and research, and engaging in intensive peer-learning and sharing forums.

    Hawai'i's goals include:
    1. Improving graduation success of part-time students 
    2. Increasing transfer success, including automatic admissions at the University of Hawai’i four- year institutions for community college students, reverse transfer, dual enrollment, and reducing time to completion
    3. Mapping degree requirements of the University of Hawai'i baccalaureate institutions to course offerings at University of Hawai'i community colleges
    4. Increasing use of Prior-Learning Assessment
    5. Expanding focus on participation in STEM programs and transfer into STEM programs for Native Hawai'ian, Filipino and Pacific Islander students.

    Background
    Hawaii expanded its student success and completion policy work when the University of Hawai’i Community College System became active in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, both as a participating institution and a policy state in 2007. Hawai’i and its community colleges continue to further their policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from Achieving the Dream.  

    The seven community colleges in the 10 campus University of Hawai‘i System are: Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, Leeward, Maui and Windward. All of these community colleges are Achieving the Dream Institutions.

    As part of a system of community colleges nested within a university system that includes baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degree-granting institutions, UHCC can provide leadership in improving the pipeline of students between two-year and four-year institutions and blending the “best practices” learned from participation in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network and national initiatives.

    University of Hawai'i Community Colleges
    The University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges (UHCC) is a statewide system of seven separately accredited institutions part of the larger ten-institution University of Hawai’i system. Through these seven degree-granting campuses, three University Centers, and Education Centers on Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, in Hana, Maui, and on the Wai‘anae Coast of O‘ahu, the UHCC provides open-door access to affordable, high-quality education in a variety of programs from career and technical to liberal arts education.

    Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

  • IN
    Indiana

    Indiana began its student success and completion policy work in 2007. From 2007-2012, Indiana's state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. Currently, Indiana is not continuing their policy work through the Postsecondary State Policy Network.

    As an Achieving the Dream policy state, Indiana committed to: 

    • Developing a visible public policy commitment to student access and success
    • Strengthening state data systems and their use to make student outcomes more transparent and facilitate higher performance
    • Aligning community college academic expectations with those of secondary systems and four-year higher education institutions
    • Providing incentives for improved services for academically underprepared students
    • Expanding funding incentives and financial aid policies that increase persistence

     

     

     

  • MA
    Massachusetts

    State Lead

    Board of Higher Education

    One Ashburton Place, Suite 1401
    Cambridge, MA 02108
    (617) 994-6950 
  

    State Contact

    Carlos Santiago

    Senior Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Board of Higher Education

    Massachusetts’s Evidence-based Reform Initiatives
    Like other states, Massachusetts is seeking to dramatically improve student outcomes in its community colleges. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s strategic plan, the Vision Project, targets a goal of having 60 percent of Massachusetts 25-34 year olds hold a college degree by 2020. Massachusetts and its peer states leverage the resources of the Postsecondary State Policy Network to achieve their goals through learning from reforms in other states, gaining exposure to leading experts and research, and engaging in intensive peer-learning and sharing forums.

    Massachusetts's goals include:

    1. Promoting comprehensive reform of developmental education
    2. Promoting transfer among the 29 institutions as a means of increasing degree production and improving community college student success

    Background
    Massachusetts began its student success and completion policy work when the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education System became active in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, both as a participating institution and a policy state Achieving the Dream in 2007. Massachusetts and its community colleges continue to further their policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from Achieving the Dream.

    Massachusetts’ higher education system is comprised of 15 community colleges, nine state colleges, and the five campuses that make up the University of Massachusetts System. Massachusetts’ Board of Higher Education is a statutorily created agency that is responsible for coordinating the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education and all of its institutions. 

    The Board of Higher Education’s core responsibilities are in the following areas: Academic Policy and Program Approval, Financial Aid, Fiscal and Capital Planning, Research and Performance Measurement, Workforce Development, and oversight of the Commonwealth’s Optional Retirement Program. The Board of Higher Education is also increasingly involved in P-16 and College and Career Readiness initiatives, as well as general advocacy on behalf of the system. 

    The State Policy Team will support a learning network among all 15 of Massachusetts’s community colleges. Four of these colleges are Achieving the Dream Participating Institutions, Northern Essex Community College, Roxbury Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and Bunker Hill Community College. This college learning network will enable lessons learned from the Achieving the Dream Colleges to spread to not only other Achieving the Dream Colleges, but all community colleges in Massachusetts.

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

  • MI
    Michigan

    State Lead

    Erica Lee Orians and Jenny Schanker

    Executive Director and Director of Research and Institutional Practice, respectively, Michigan Center for Student Success

    Michigan began its student success and completion policy work in 2007. From 2007-2012, Michigan’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. Michigan will now further its policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from the Student Success Center Intitiative.

    The Student Success Center Intitiative is supported by the Kresge Foundation. Through this intitiative, JFF supports new and emerging state-level Student Success Centers that organize a state's community colleges around common action to improve persistence and completion. 

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

     

     

  • NC
    North Carolina

    State Contact

    Dr. Sharon Morrissey

    Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, North Carolina Community College System

    North Carolina began its student success and completion policy work in 2004. From 2004-2009, North Carolina’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. The state’s work from 2009-2012 was supported by participation in the Developmental Education Initiative. North Carolina is furthering its policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from the Completion by Design intitiative.

    The Completion by Design initiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this intitiative, JFF works with community college associations and state systems in the three participating states (Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio) to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under 26. JFF helps state teams identify and implement policies that support college efforts to provide needed structure for the student experience, from initial connection to college through completion or transfer.

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

     
  • OH
    Ohio

    State Contact

    Ohio Association of Community Colleges and Ohio Community College Student Success Center

    OACC
    175 S 3rd St # 560
    Columbus, OH 43215

     

     

     

    Ohio began its student success and completion policy work in 2005. From 2005-2009, Ohio’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. The state’s work from 2009-2012 was supported by participation in the Developmental Education Initiative. Ohio continues to further its policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from the Completion by Design and Student Success Center intitiatives. 

    The Completion by Design inititiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this intitiative, JFF works with community college associations and state systems in the three participating states (Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio) to significantly increase completion and graduation rates for low-income students under 26. JFF helps state teams identify and implement policies that support college efforts to provide needed structure for the student experience, from initial connection to college through completion or transfer. 

    The Student Success Center Intitiative is supported by the Kresge Foundation. Through this intiative, JFF supports new and emerging state-level Student Success Centers that organize a state's community colleges around common action to improve persistence and completion. 

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

     


     

     

     

  • OK
    Oklahoma

    State Lead

    Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

    655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
    Oklahoma City, OK 73101
    (405) 225-9100

    State Contact

    Debra Stuart

    Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

    "Based on past experience with the State Policy Network, [our] policy work associated with Achieving the Dream has profoundly influenced all Oklahoma community colleges, as well as public universities, in conjunction with the State Regents’ longstanding Public Agenda to improve student success and with the Governor’s commitment to Complete College America."
    —Debra Stuart,
    Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

     

    Oklahoma’s Evidence-based Reform Initiatives
    Like other states, Oklahoma is seeking to dramatically improve student outcomes in its community colleges. Through its work on issues like transforming remediation and improving college readiness, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education expects a 67 percent increase in the annual number of degrees conferred by 2023. Oklahoma and its peer states leverage the resources of the Postsecondary State Policy Network to achieve their goals by learning from reforms in other states, gaining exposure to leading experts and research, and engaging in intensive peer-learning and sharing forums.

    Oklahoma's goals include:

    1. Increasing transfer student degree completion by supporting reverse transfer
    2. Reforming developmental education to increase the persistence rate of students
    3. Maximizing need-based financial aid to improve student retention
    4. Implementing a sustainable strategic plan for the Math Success Group and piloting transitional course course math modules at six high schools
    5. Updating and revising the State Regents Assessment and Remediation policies

    Background
    Oklahoma renewed its student success and completion policy work and focused on community colleges when the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education became active in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as a policy state in 2007. Oklahoma and its community colleges continue to further their policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from Achieving the Dream.

    Oklahoma’s public higher education system is comprised of 25 colleges and universities, including 2 research universities, 11 regional universities, and 12 community colleges, as well as 11 constituent agencies and one higher education center. The role of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education includes prescribing academic standards of higher education, determining functions and courses of study at state institutions, granting degrees, and recommending budget allocations for each college and university to the Oklahoma State Legislature. The State Regents also manages scholarships and special programs. The Regents also runs the Oklahoma Guaranteed Student Loan Program, which guarantees loans made to students by the private sector.

    The State Policy Team will support a learning network among all 12 of Oklahoma’s community colleges. Three of these colleges are Achieving the Dream Participating Institutions, Tulsa Community CollegeOklahoma City Community College, and Rose State Community College. This college learning network will enable lessons learned from the Achieving the Dream Colleges to spread to not only other Achieving the Dream Colleges, but all community colleges in Oklahoma.

     

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

  • PA
    Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania began its student success and completion policy work in 2006. From 2006-2012, Pennsylvania's state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. Currently, Pennsylvania is not continuing their policy work through the Postsecondary State Policy Network.

    As an Achieving the Dream policy state, Pennsylvania committed to: 

    • Developing a visible public policy commitment to student access and success
    • Strengthening state data systems and their use to make student outcomes more transparent and facilitate higher performance
    • Aligning community college academic expectations with those of secondary systems and four-year higher education institutions
    • Providing incentives for improved services for academically underprepared students
    • Expanding funding incentives and financial aid policies that increase persistence
  • SC
    South Carolina

    South Carolina began its student success and completion policy work in 2007. From 2007-2012, South Carolina's state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. Currently, South Carolina is not continuing their policy work through the Postsecondary State Policy Network.

    As an Achieving the Dream policy state, South Carolina committed to: 

    • Developing a visible public policy commitment to student access and success
    • Strengthening state data systems and their use to make student outcomes more transparent and facilitate higher performance
    • Aligning community college academic expectations with those of secondary systems and four-year higher education institutions
    • Providing incentives for improved services for academically underprepared students
    • Expanding funding incentives and financial aid policies that increase persistence
  • TX
    Texas

    State Contact

    Student Success Center

    Texas Association of Community Colleges

    Texas began its student success and completion policy work in 2004. From 2004-2009, Texas' state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. The state’s work from 2009-2012 was supported by participation in the Developmental Education Initiative. Texas continues to further its policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from the Student Success Center Intitiative.

    The Student Success Center Initiative is supported by the Kresge Foundation. Through this inttiiative, JFF supports new and emerging state-level Student Success Centers that organize a state's community colleges around common action to improve persistence and completion. 

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

     

     

  • VA
    Virginia

    State Lead

    Virginia Community College System

    101 N. 14th Street, 15th Floor
    Richmond, Virginia 23219

    State Contact

    Catherine Finnegan

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, Virginia Community College System 

    "Our implementation of developmental math and English redesign would not have been as successful without our connection. We are eager to continue the connection with other states in order to learn from them." Susan Wood, Vice Chancellor, Academic Services & Research, Virginia’s Community Colleges

    Virginia’s Evidence-based Reform Initiatives
    Like other states, Virginia is seeking to dramatically improve student outcomes in its community colleges. The Virginia Community College System’s strategic plan, Achieve 2015, targets a goal of increasing the number of students graduating, transferring or completing a workforce credential by 50 percent, including increasing the success of students from underserved populations by 75 percent. Virginia and its peer states leverage the resources of the Postsecondary State Policy Network to achieve their goals by learning from reforms in other states, gaining exposure to leading experts and research, and engaging in intensive peer-learning and sharing forums.

    Virginia identified the following evidence-based reform initiatives for the coming year that align with and augment the Network’s goals of accelerating state-level innovation and policy action to improve student success and completion:

    1. Enhance student success and completion through ongoing refinement, improvement, and strengthening of Virginia’s implementation at scale of developmental education redesign
    2. Enhance student success and completion through strengthening student services support for developmental students and providing professional development for faculty teaching developmental courses

    Background
    Virginia began its student success and completion policy work when Virginia’s Community Colleges joined Achieving the Dream and its state policy efforts in 2004. From 2004-2009, Virginia’s state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. The state’s work from 2009-2012 was supported by participation in the Developmental Education Initiative. Virginia’s Community Colleges continues to further their policy efforts to improve student success as part of the Postsecondary State Policy Network with support from Achieving the Dream.

    The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) was established in 1966 in response to concerns about the state’s ability to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to expand the state’s economy. VCCS brought together regional colleges serving different parts of the state in an effort to increase the opportunities Virginians had to gain a quality education. Today, the system includes all 23 of Virginia’s community colleges. Each college president reports directly to the Chancellor, the head of the system. The Chancellor reports to the State Board for Community Colleges.

    The State Policy Team will support a learning network among all 23 of these community colleges. Five of these colleges are Achieving the Dream Participating Institutions, including Danville Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, and Tidewater Community College*. This college learning network will enable lessons learned from the Achieving the Dream Colleges to spread not only to other Achieving the Dream Colleges, but all community colleges in Virginia. 

     

    The Postsecondary State Policy Network
    The Postsecondary State Policy Network, led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network evolved out of the state policy efforts for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including the Developmental Education Initiative. The network includes 13 states that are continuing their work with support from Achieving the Dream and the Completion by Design and Student Success Center initiatives. JFF helps teams from the 13 network states maximize peer learning and develop and implement policies that promote community college student success.

    *Tidewater Community College is a former Achieving the Dream Institution

  • WA
    Washington

    Washington began its student success and completion policy work in 2006. From 2006-2012, Washington's state policy work focused on improving community college student success and was supported by Achieving the Dream. Currently, Washington is not continuing their policy work through the Postsecondary State Policy Network.

    As an Achieving the Dream policy state, Washington committed to: 

    • Developing a visible public policy commitment to student access and success
    • Strengthening state data systems and their use to make student outcomes more transparent and facilitate higher performance
    • Aligning community college academic expectations with those of secondary systems and four-year higher education institutions
    • Providing incentives for improved services for academically underprepared students
    • Expanding funding incentives and financial aid policies that increase persistence

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