ATD Selected as a Gates Intermediary for Scale Partner

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that Achieving the Dream (ATD) is one of 12 organizations selected to serve as intermediaries—connectors, advisors, strategists—between partner groups and colleges and universities that are in the process of substantial transformations around student success.

From the foundation’s Intermediaries for Scale announcement: “These organizations—plus Jobs for the Future, a pilot intermediary—have demonstrated commitment and experience in supporting institutions as they reduce college success disparities by race and income; promoting continuous learning and improvement through the use of data; and identifying, implementing, and evaluating significant campus-level changes in policy and practice. Collectively, these groups work with or represent nearly three-quarters of the nation’s public two- and four-year institutions.”

ATD has received a $1.57 million grant as part of the two-year Intermediaries for Scale investment.

“ATD is thrilled to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s newest cohort of organizations working together to support student-centered institutional transformation in higher education,” said ATD president and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout. “Many of the Networked Improvement Community cohort organizations are already important partners in ATD’s work. We are eager to deepen those partnerships and foster new ones as the group works together to make a significant impact across the higher education sector.”

Through this investment, the foundation estimates that the work of this cohort of grantees collaborating with colleges will lead to roughly 1.5 million additional college credentials by 2025. In the first phase of the investment, the selected Intermediaries for Scale will build their organizational capacity required to support institutional transformation at scale. Read more here.

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