Good Data. Strong Commitment. Better Policy. Improved Outcomes.

When Achieving the Dream began in 2004, few states had improving community college student success as a paramount policy priority. A central goal of Achieving the Dream has been to demonstrate that states (and colleges) could create a policy environment more conducive to institutional change strategies that improve student outcomes. This report highlights the collective experience of participating states in five priorities of Achieving the Dream's State Policy Framework--public commitment to student success; use of data to improve student outcomes; streamlined student assessment and placement; incentives to promote student persistence and completion; and easier student transitions across education systems. Using information from the states' annual policy self-assessments as well as specific examples of policy changes states targeted and achieved, the report draws attention to the significant accomplishments of the states in their efforts to make the policy environment more conducive to increased student persistence and completion.

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