ATD In The Field & In the News

The Achieving the Dream team is in the field this week on campus site visits and participating in summits, conferences, workshops, and meetings across the country. Keep up with us on Twitter @achievethedream.


American Association of community College Annual Convention

Achieving the Dream staff and Board members and Network college leaders are participating in the American Association of Community College’s 99th Annual Convention in Orlando, FL where they will share what they have learned about today’s most important topics in higher education.

Engaging Adjunct Faculty: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

Sunday, April 14 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

Discover the effective practices colleges are employing to support part-time faculty in becoming more involved in student success initiatives and develop their instructional practices. Administrator, faculty, and researcher perspectives will be shared.

• Dr. Michael Bates, dean of teaching, learning & distance education, Harper College
• Dr. Susan Bickerstaff, senior research associate, Community College Research Center
• Dr. Kenneth Ender, president, Harper College
Jonathan Iuzzini, director for teaching & learning, Achieving the Dream

Research-Based Approaches for Instructional Development

Monday, April 15 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Learn how pedagogically focused faculty development can be implemented and sustained to meet full-time and adjunct faculty’s instructional needs based on data from two studies conducted in nine community colleges.

• Dr. Susan Bickerstaff, senior research associate, Community College Research Center
• Nikki Edgecombe, senior research scientist, Community College Research Center
• Jonathan Iuzzini, director for teaching & learning, Achieving the Dream


Guided Pathways: What we are Learning

Monday, April 15 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Hear a discussion about designing and implementing guided pathways, including lessons about leadership for transformational change, student perspectives, achieving equity in student outcomes, and next-level challenges in expanding the work to more institutions.

• Dr. Sonya Christian, president, Bakersfield College
• Dr. Davis Jenkins, senior research associate, Community College Research Center
Dr. Alex Johnson, president, Cuyahoga Community College District
• Dr. Rob Johnstone, founder and president, National Center for Inquiry and Improvement
• Dr. Kay McClenney, senior advisor to the president/CEO, American Association of Community Colleges

Diné College: Equity by Design

Monday, April 14 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Diné College, the first Tribally controlled college, is uniquely designed to meet the needs of its primarily Native American student body. Learn how the college works with Achieving the Dream to enhance the student experience from connection to completion. Leave with actionable strategies to equitably serve diverse populations.

Cindy Lopez, director of tribal college and university programs, Achieving the Dream
• Dr. Charles (Monte) Roessel, president, Diné College

Holistic Student Supports: Designing to Serve All Students

Monday, April 15 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

How can your institution support all students in staying on their paths? Attend this session to explore the principles underlying a holistic student supports approach and the lessons and strategies for successful implementation. Participate in a case study activity to explore the application of holistic student supports principles in practice.

• Dr. Samuel Hirsch, vice president, Community College of Philadelphia
Julia Lawton, director, Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream

Leading Change: How Two Presidents implemented Achieving the Dream

Monday, April 15 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Presidents from an urban and a rural college share how they increased student success through effective implementation of Achieving the Dream initiatives.

• Dr. Tracy D. Hall, president, Southwest Tennessee Community College
• Dr. Chris Whaley, JD, president, Roane State Community College



Advance Career Technical education Meeting

Washington, DC

Meredith Hatch, senior associate director for workforce and academic alignment, will be attending the Advance CTE Meeting. This annual Spring Meeting will equip attendees with the resources and knowledge they need to be innovative and bold as they begin to implement the Strengthening Career Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and help them develop a clear vision to guide CTE in their state. 

Teaching and Learning Site Visit

Thomasville, NC

Dr. Ruanda Garth-McCullough, associate director of teaching and learning, and Jon Iuzzini, director of teaching and learning are in North Carolina meeting with a college to start their work with ATD’s new teaching and learning services.

Coaching Visits

Cindy Lopez, director of tribal college and university Programs, and Dr. Laurie Fladd , holistic student support Coach, are in Arkansas working on Holistic Student Supports training. 

Dr.Terri Manning , strategic data and technology coach, is visiting two ATD colleges in Tennessee 

Susan Mayer, chief learning officer, and Laurie Heacock, senior advisor of data and analytics, are attending the New York Coaching Academy and the Illnois for Equity Attainment Summit. 

Shara Davis, strategic data and technology coach, will be hosting a coach visit for two ATD Colleges in Tennessee.


Gateway to College Merges with Achieving the Dream

Onondaga Community College teams with Barnes and Noble College

Organizations Announce Merger to Reach More Students


ATD Teaching & Learning Summit: May 30 – June 1, 2019

Building a Culture of Teaching Excellence for Student Success

ATD’s new Teaching & Learning Summit will strengthen the role of Centers for Teaching and Learning and empower faculty as leaders in addressing issues of student access, achievement, persistence, completion, and equity in teaching and learning. Teams composed of faculty members, academic affairs administrators, faculty developers and Center for Teaching & Learning directors will engage with experts in teaching and learning, coaches, and practitioners from ATD colleges as they devise action plans to bolster their institution’s teaching and learning capacity and expand the use of evidence-based classroom techniques. The Summit program will feature multiple tracks, including one on implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) that will showcase the role of OER in fostering open pedagogy and how best to integrate the use of OER in broader institutional student success strategies. Register today!

2019 ATD Data & Analytics Summit: September 11 – 13, 2019

Mark your calendars for ATD’s fifth annual two-day summit for institutional researchers, IT professionals, administrators, faculty, and staff as well as members of colleges’ student success and data teams at two-year and four-year institutions. Learn from peers and experts to identify and seize opportunities to use data in more impactful ways to advance student success. Registration opens soon!

2019 ATD Holistic Student Supports Institute: October 1-4, 2019

Join expert practitioners and ATD staff for an intensive working institute designed for two-year and four-year institutional teams of four or more, including administrators, frontline staff, faculty, and IR/IT staff. Teams examine student movement through their institutions and prepare to design a student support model that addresses the needs of the whole student, based on ATD’s Holistic Student Supports Framework.

SAVE THE DATE: ATD DREAM 2020: February 18-21, 2020

Connect with more than 2,000 of the nation's thought leaders, policy makers, and investors at DREAM 2020, Achieving the Dream's flagship conference.  Share your knowledge and learn how your colleagues across the country are advancing student success.

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