Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Join ATD National Network

This week, Achieving the Dream welcomed the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs), made up of 27 public colleges in the state, to the ATD National Network.The TCATs are part of the public College System of Tennessee, governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents — all 13 community colleges in the system previously joined the ATD Network.

“During such a challenging time, it’s more important than ever to meet uncertainty with resilience, innovation, and a deepened commitment to student success and equity. We are extremely pleased to welcome TCAT into our Network, whose members hold student success at the core of their work,” ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout said.

ATD is excited to work with the TCAT teams, beginning with a Virtual Kickoff Institute from September 29 to October 6. The weeklong Kickoff Institute will include an introduction to ATD’s approach, a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment tool that enables TCAT teams to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement.

Attendees will work with their ATD coaches to begin planning for the integration and alignment of their student success, and will return to campus with a roadmap for moving forward. This program will focus specifically on integrating ATD with other state priorities for student success, including Strategic Enrollment Management.

By the end of the Kickoff Institute, TCAT teams will be able to:

  • Understand the ATD framework for building sustainable institutional capacity to improve equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Develop a work plan to analyze data to identify strengths, gaps and opportunities to expand enrollment and increase equitable outcomes.
  • Develop a communication plan to build support and engagement for the student success work among faculty, staff and administrators.

“Achieving the Dream’s focus is helping all students succeed. The Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges joined the ATD Network during the last five years and the work has transformed campus culture to focus on student success and closing achievement gaps. Now it’s time to extend that critical work to our Colleges of Applied Technology,” said Dr. Flora W.Tydings, chancellor of TBR — the College System of Tennessee.

The 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are:

  • TCAT Athens
  • TCAT Chattanooga
  • TCAT Covington
  • TCAT Crossville
  • TCAT Crump
  • TCAT Dickson
  • TCAT Elizabethton
  • TCAT Harriman
  • TCAT Hartsville
  • TCAT Hohenwald
  • TCAT Jacksboro
  • TCAT Jackson
  • TCAT Knoxville
  • TCAT Livingston
  • TCAT McKenzie
  • TCAT McMinnville
  • TCAT Memphis
  • TCAT Morristown
  • TCAT Murfreesboro
  • TCAT Nashville
  • TCAT Newbern
  • TCAT Oneida
  • TCAT Paris
  •  TCAT Pulaski
  • TCAT Ripley
  • TCAT Shelbyville
  • TCAT Whiteville

Read the press release here.

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