ATD Network News: Early April Edition

Early April 2019


(Photo of  Dr. Edward R. Massey and Dr. Eduardo Padrón receiving the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by The Aspen Institute)

Two ATD Network Colleges Announced as Winners of the 2019 Aspen Prize

Congratulations to Indian River State College and Miami Dade College, co-winners of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Each of the two award winners have played prominent leadership roles in Achieving the Dream. Indian River State College has been an ATD Leader College since 2016, and Miami Dade President Dr. Eduardo Padrón serves on the board of Achieving the Dream. Miami Dade was also the 2017 recipient of the Leah Meyer Austin Award. Read more here.

Gateway to College National Network Now Part of Achieving the Dream

On April 1, Gateway to College National Network became part of Achieving the Dream, a move which will help more underrepresented students succeed in college. We are excited about this addition to our ATD work as it will link high school/college student success networks to improve college readiness, expand personalized student supports, and broaden services to help colleges graduate more students from vulnerable populations—the core of the ATD mission. Read more here.

Hear ATD in Sessions at American Association of Community College's Convention

Achieving the Dream’s leaders, researchers, and Board of Directors are participating in American Association of Community College’s 99th Annual Convention in Miami, FL. They are leading sessions and discussions around engaging adjunct faculty, equity, guided pathways, holistic student supports, and leadership.Learn more about the sessions here.

NSF’s Reskilling America’s Workforce Workshop

Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) and National Science Foundation hosted Reskilling America’s Workforce: Exploring the Nation’s Future STEM Workforce Needs on September 24, 2018 at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA.. The two-day workshop brought together nearly 150 leaders from business, academia, government, and nonprofits to explore critical issues related to employers’ highest-demand workforce needs and how to build the STEM-capable workforce to meet those needs. ATD along with BHEF, American Society for Engineering Education, and the National Association of Manufacturers, provided their input and feedback on the Reskilling America’s Workforce workshop as well as all the workshop participants for providing their insights and perspectives. A result of the Workshop is a new publications on NSF's engagement strategy with employers in workforce and talent space. Read the publication here.

Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland Moving on to Gates Foundation

On April 15, Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland, executive director of student supports, will be moving on from her work at Achieving the Dream to join the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Program Officer on their Post secondary Success team. At the Gates Foundation, Mei-Yen will be leading their advising solution area, working closely with us and many of our strategic partners. During her four years at ATD, Mei-Yen led and designed ATD's strategy, thought leadership, and services for redesigning advising and student supports and creating transformative institutional change. She led the Holistic Student Supports team in the development of customized coaching, tools, and resources to support institutions in the design and implementation of a seamless, personalized student experience focused on improving student outcomes. Read more here


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 here.

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.

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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