Achieving the Dream President & CEO Appointed to College Promise Campaign Advisory Board

Dr. Karen A. Stout Will Emphasize Linking Access to Student Success and Completion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (September 9, 2015)  – Achieving the Dream today announced its President & CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout has accepted an invitation to serve on the National Advisory Board of the College Promise Campaign, a national nonpartisan initiative to develop widespread support for investing in America’s future by offering tuition-free community college to responsible students.

“Making higher education affordable by waiving two years of tuition would enable millions of students seeking new skills and credentials to gain a foothold in today’s economy,” Stout said. “Coupled with a focus on completion, initiatives that make higher education more accessible will make all the difference in preparing a 21st century workforce and bringing students’ dreams of a stable, secure life within reach.”

President Obama announced the launch of the College Promise Campaign today at Macomb Community College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College in Warren, Michigan. The Campaign is designed to build national support for the concept of making the first two years of higher education free for all community college students.

Stout will serve a three-year term, helping to guide the Campaign’s goals, policies and strategies. During that time, the Campaign will carry out a national public awareness campaign promoting access and completion through the adoption of proven strategies, inspire state and local leaders in more than 30 states to implement free-tuition initiatives, and showcase strategies that improve college access and success.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to advise a national effort with such potential for millions of students,” Stout said. “Achieving the Dream has over a decade of experience leading and supporting change aimed at both access and success in community college to contribute to the movement. We can be a big help.”

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network 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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