Share How Your Institution Helps Community College Women Succeed

SURVEY DUE August 27, 2019 (11:59pm ET).


Earlier in the month, ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout wrote to all ATD Network colleges asking for perspectives and experiences related to the Community College Women Succeed Initiative. In understanding the strategies that colleges are implementing to increase persistence and completion of adult women students (aged 25 and older) and women students who have dependent children, ATD can build a stronger knowledge base of effective practice and be a source for innovation to help today’s students meet their goals. 

Nearly four million student parents attend college every year — most are women. Barriers to retention and completion prevent millions of students from reaching their potential each year, and additional supports can help community college women succeed. These supports can be around basic needs (food, housing, child care, emergency aid), planning services (career, academic, and financial), scheduling flexibility (accelerated degree programs, credit for prior learning), and engagement and support (mentoring). 

In February 2019, Achieving the Dream and the Biden Foundation joined forces to launch Community College Women Succeed, an initiative to identify and promote effective strategies that help adult women students succeed in community college. After the Biden Foundation suspended its operations in April 2019, Achieving the Dream continued its work on the initiative. This work includes engaging with leaders throughout the country to learn about gaps and promising practices, hosting regional focus groups with adult women students and elevating the student voice nationally, reviewing existing research and identifying retention trends, and partnering with a cross-section of stakeholders to create resources.

The knowledge base of how colleges are implementing strategies to increase college persistence and completion of adult women students will enable Achieving the Dream to support scaling of effective practice and be a source for innovation to help today’s students meet their goals. ATD Network colleges that complete the survey will be sent the results directly, before they are publicly released.

Colleges that complete this survey by the August 27 (11:59pm ET) deadline will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration to DREAM 2020, ATD’s annual national convening. We appreciate the work that all ATD Network colleges are doing to help Community College Women Succeed.

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