Sixteen Community Colleges Begin Their Work to Strengthen Student Success as Part of Achieving the Dream National Network

Sixteen colleges from seven states have strengthened their commitment to improving student success by becoming part of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Network. The 2019 cohort includes 8 community colleges from the state of Connecticut and brings all 12 institutions from the state into the ATD Network. The new cohort of colleges comes as ATD celebrates its 15th anniversary, and they increase the ATD Network to more than 220 institutions from 43 states and the District of Columbia.

“As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Achieving the Dream, we are extremely pleased to welcome these institutions into our Network. Colleges that join the ATD Network show an exceptional commitment to becoming the kind of institution that will lead the nation into the future,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “We look forward to working with these colleges on building their capacity for change over the next three years and are excited to welcome them to the Network next month.”

Teams from each of the colleges will convene in June at the Kickoff Institute in Phoenix to set the stage for their work as ATD Network institutions. Their three-day experience at the Kickoff Institute will include an introduction to ATD’s approach, a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment tool that enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement across seven institutional capacities that are needed to facilitate change. This framework integrates and aligns efforts that the colleges may have already begun to implement, such as guided pathways, integrated planning and advising, development education redesign, and assesses readiness for other large-scale change work.

During the Kickoff event, college teams will meet with their ATD coaches and begin to organize their student success work for the year, including preparing for their on-campus launch in the fall. They will receive an in-depth orientation to ATD, including how to leverage the power of a national network.

The Kickoff Institute cohort is announced at a time when Achieving the Dream network colleges are being recognized for their unprecedented success. In April, two network colleges, Indian River State College and Miami Dade College, were named the co-winners of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

“The strength of local and regional economies, our ability to rebuild the middle class, and the possibility that a new generation will achieve their goals depends on community colleges,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that join the ATD Network show an exceptional commitment to becoming the kind of institution that will lead the nation into the future.”

The Achieving the Dream 2019 Cohort includes:

  • Asnuntuck Community College (CT)
  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • College of Southern Maryland (MD)
  • Eastfield College (TX)
  • Forsyth Technical Community College (NC)
  • Hudson County Community College (NJ)
  • Manchester Community College (CT)
  • Middlesex Community College (CT)
  • Naugatuck Community College (CT)
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College (CT)
  • Pitt Community College (NC)
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College (CT)
  • Sacramento City College (CA)
  • San Joaquin Delta College (CA)
  • Three Rivers Community College (CT)
  • Tunxis Community College (CT)

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