College Faculty Lead Changes in First-Ever National Teaching and Learning Institute

Teams of faculty, administrators, and students from 30 two-year and four-year institutions are gathering July 31 to August 3 to develop comprehensive plans to improve student learning on their campuses. Fourteen of the participating colleges are members of the Achieving the Dream National Network.

“This Institute is the first nation-wide event to engage faculty as leaders who are preparing to use data and evidence to change the quality of student learning at their campuses,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Institutional transformation that results in more students completing credentials is going to take focused attention to teaching practices in individual classrooms, so I’m proud that ATD and our institute partners are getting the work started now.” 

Achieving the Dream and four partner organizations—the National Survey of Student Engagement, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and the Washington Center at The Evergreen State College—are hosting the Teaching and Learning National Institute (TNLI).

The TNLI (#FacultyLeadingChangeTLNI), held at Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA, will provide an opportunity for teams led by college faculty to spread and discuss evidence-based strategies for both inside and outside the classroom in community colleges and universities. Teams will use data to identify shortcomings in student outcomes and study what is known about successful learning practices.

Achieving the Dream Senior Fellow Rachel Singer, Vice President for Community College Relations Cindy Lenhart, and Associate Director for Teaching & Learning Jon Iuzzini are serving as resource faculty at the Institute.

Participating ATD colleges include:

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with more than 100 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 40 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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