Achieving the Dream President and CEO Recognized for Extraordinary Leadership in Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Selects Dr. Karen A. Stout as Outstanding Woman in Higher Ed

Silver Spring, MD (March 22, 2018) – Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of community college reform organization Achieving the Dream, Inc., is featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as a 2018 Outstanding Woman in Higher Education.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Diverse is saluting 25 women “who have made a difference in society by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills and making a difference in their respective communities.”

Dr. Stout has led the growth of ATD’s national network of community colleges to include new initiatives in a number of areas critical to the colleges’ ability to advance their goals. For example, under her leadership, ATD has expanded the Network to include 32 tribal colleges and universities, positioned ATD as a vital partner in the reformed guided pathways work, created a new model around scaling advising redesign, developed “zero textbook” degree initiatives using open education resources (OER), designed non-cognitive wrap around support systems, and placed teaching and learning at the center of institutional change efforts.   

“It is an honor to be recognized by Diverse and to be in the company of so many exceptional women who have been working tirelessly to ensure that higher education fulfills its promise of a better life to every student who wants to achieve that goal,” said Dr. Stout.

Dr. Tonjua Williams, president of St. Petersburg College, a college in the Achieving the Dream national Network, is also among the leaders recognized for their outstanding leadership in higher education.

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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 nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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