More than 1,900 Convene in Atlanta to Create Momentum for Community College Reform, Student Success

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                      


Silver Spring, MD (February 16, 2016) – Community college leaders and reformers will meet February 23-26 to discuss an array of approaches to increasing student persistence and completion, including deepening community colleges’ institutional capacity, engaging faculty as leaders of college-wide change in teaching, eliminating tuition costs and helping colleges join community organizations in acting together to improve student success.

The leaders are meeting at DREAM 2016, an annual student success institute offered by Achieving the Dream, a national network of more than 200 reform-minded community colleges dedicated to helping all students earn credentials.

Members of the press can attend DREAM at no charge. Contact the ATD communications office at or 240-450-3830 for registration information.

Learn more about Achieving the Dream at You also can follow the conversation on Twitter using #ATD_DREAM.

  • Martha Kanter, former Undersecretary of Education, NYU Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow
  • Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore
  • Nicole Edgecombe, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
  • College presidents, faculty, and staff from across the nation
What: DREAM 2016 Achieving the Dream’s Annual Institute on Student Success
When: Tuesday, February 23 – Friday, February 26, 2016
Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
  • February 23, 2016: Keynote Address, Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the DREAM; announcement of Leah Meyer Austin Award winner
  • February 24, 2016:  Faculty-Led Reform plenary discussion; No Greater Odds screening
  • February 25, 2016:  Panel presentation on America’s College Promise; announcement of OneMain Financial Empowerment Award winner; ED Talks: “Frozen” Economic Mobility of Low-Income Youth
  • February 26, 2016: Presentation by DREAM Scholars community college students; presentation by Wes Moore


Media contact:

Lynn Reddy

(240) 450-3830



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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