• National Award for Improvements in Student Success

    2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award winners Amarillo College (TX) and Columbus State Community College (OH) were selected for showing measurable improvement in student outcomes driven by top-to-bottom cultural change in the institution.

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  • We are Achieving the Dream!

    Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of community colleges across the United States committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.

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  • Leader College of Distinction Status for Achieving Higher Student Outcomes

    Eleven community colleges earned Leader College of Distinction status for achieving higher student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps. 

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  • Leverage the Power of the Network

    Want to accelerate and scale your student success efforts? Join the ATD Network and leverage coaching and peer-learning to achieve sustainable and holistic institutional change.

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Our Approach

Most efforts to improve community college student outcomes involve relatively small innovations or changes at the margins. After more than a decade of experience, Achieving the Dream has learned that improving student success on a substantial scale requires colleges to engage in bold, holistic, sustainable institutional change. Achieving the Dream's Institutional Capacity Framework is a comprehensive approach to addressing the emerging needs of the field to improve success results for all students, especially low-income students and students of color.

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With your support, Achieving the Dream will work to ensure more students are able to succeed in community college and secure their financial future.

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