Leader College of Distinction

Continuous improvement is always the goal for the Achieving the Dream Network. Leader College of Distinction recognition honors those colleges who have gone above and beyond in closing the gaps and increasing student success.

Leader College of Distinction Certification
The metrics for Leader College of Distinction are challenging. Colleges that choose to apply for the Leader College of Distinction must show improvement on three student outcome metrics including at least one lagging indicator such as completion or transfer. In addition, they must show the narrowing of equity gaps on at least two metrics. These more rigorous requirements are meant to motivate sustained and aggressive reform efforts that result in far greater student success and equity. Colleges that meet these new, higher student outcomes criteria will be given the title of Leader College of Distinction. Only colleges that have been Leader Colleges for at least one year may apply for this status. The benefits of being a Leader College of Distinction are nearly identical to that of Leader College. However, Leader College of Distinction will be recognized and identified by the LCoD logo. We believe these refinements in the criteria will strengthen our Network and accelerate adoption of effective practices across the Network and the community college field.

See a list of the 2020 Leader Colleges of Distinction.

We invited colleges that have been Leader Colleges for at least one year to apply for Leader College of Distinction based on the following eligibility criteria:

  • Active ATD participation in current year including payment of current invoice
  • Good standing with your accrediting agency (not on warning or probation)

View a recording of the September 9, 2019 webinar on the 2019 Leader College Recertification and Leader College of Distinction Application process.





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