Statement by Achieving the Dream Senior Vice President Carol Lincoln on the Recertification of 20 Leader Colleges

Silver Spring, MD (February 25, 2013) – Achieving the Dream is proud to announce the Leader College recertification of the following 20 Achieving the Dream Institutions:

Broward Community College
Coastal Bend College
Cuyahoga Community College
Danville Community College
Doña Ana Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Eastern Gateway Community College
El Paso Community College
Guilford Technical Community College
Hillsborough Community College
Houston Community College
Mountain Empire Community College
North Central State College
Patrick Henry Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
South Texas College
Southwest Texas Junior College
Tallahassee Community College
Valencia Community College
Zane State College

These colleges originally achieved Leader College status in 2009 and represent the first cohort of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges. The Leader College designation is granted for three-year cycles, at which point the colleges are required to submit a recertification application. These 20 colleges have all demonstrated continued commitment to the principles and values of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement all guided by a student-centered vision focused on equity and excellence. Further, they have continued to improve outcomes for students enrolled at their institutions.

Leader College recertification requires evidence of an institution’s leadership within the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The 20 recertified institutions have supported policies and practices central to the national mission of Achieving the Dream and we look forward to their continued leadership for student success.

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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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