ATD Network News: April Highlights Edition

Mid April 2019



Through the Portland Opportunity Youth Job Fair, a community builds a pathway to success for its young people (Photo of attendees of the 2019 Portland Opportunity Youth Job Fair by Sharon Thomas)

Earlier this month, Gateway to College National Network became part of Achieving the Dream, a move which will help more underrepresented students be prepared to 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. During the month, our ATD team and our coaches were on campuses across the country, working with network colleges on their work in holistic student supports, OER, guided pathways, leadership, data, and more. We were also sharing our work through leadership opportunities in the broader field. For example, at the recent American Association of Community College Convention in Orlando, ATD’s leaders, researchers, and Board of Directors led and participated in sessions and discussions around engaging adjunct faculty, equity, guided pathways, holistic student supports, and leadership. Dr. Karen A. Stout and Dr. Ryan Kelsey continued their participation in the Aspen Presidential Fellows Program. Bonita Brown presented to the Maryland Higher Education Commission at their statewide convening, and Dr. Richard Sebastian and Francesca Carpenter presented at a CUNY OER Workshop.

Olympic College addressing the problem of student homelessness.

A study conducted by Olympic College to address the problem of student homelessness on its campus and in its community has led to the drafting of a bill to direct more aid to homeless college students in Washington state. The bill has passed both houses, due to results of the college’s survey of students in 2016. They received 3,283 responses from a student body that today totals about 12,000. Among respondents, 145 students said they were homeless. Many of the students were living in cars, shelters, or tents while attending classes. The survey showed 33 percent of all students who responded struggle with food insecurity. Students reported that being hungry interferes with their ability to study. Read more here

Presidents Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration Call In Day April 29th

The U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would establish a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status & Deferred Enforced Departure holders. We have refreshed our webpage on immigration to include new resources to help colleges stay current on legislation, advocacy, and service opportunities. An immediate opportunity to engage in advocacy will occur on Monday, April 29th which has been designated as a national call-in day when colleges, universities, and educators across the country are encouraged to contact Congress in support of the proposed legislation. The President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration asks interested colleges to RSVP for this event using this linkBelow, please find a toolkit from the Presidents’ Alliance containing information on how to support this effort, including guidance on contacting Members of Congress, sample tweets, and resources.

Presidents’ Alliance Advocacy Toolkit on the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

Aspen Institute Names Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence

The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program announced the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market. The select group of 40 Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2019. Of the 40 leaders, 21 are in the Achieving the Dream Network. Fellows will also learn from national experts about ways to harness data to assess student success outcomes, strategies for internal change leadership, and how to create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, and employers.

ATD CEO, College Presidents Lead Strategic Finance Convening for Aspen Presidential Fellows

ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout participated with college presidents and other leaders as facilitators and panelists in mid April at an Aspen Institute College Excellence Program convening around strategic finance. The forum, Strategic Finance: Setting Culture, Finding Resources, and Aligning Assets to Mission, brought current Aspen Fellows and alumni together to learn about how colleges can make big changes in mission outcomes and future financial outcomes that provide the resources to expand strategy at scale. A number of presidents in the ATD Network generously shared their expertise and their time by contributing to the evolution of the course materials through their participation in the convening.

First-Generation College Students Study

The success of first-generation students - along with other underrepresented groups - is at the core of Achieving the Dream's work with community colleges. And there's good reason for a focus on first-generation students - 48% of first-generation college students enroll in community college, compared to 32% of their peers. At the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) annual convention earlier in April, NASPA and the Suder Foundation announced the launch of a major study of first-generation students in community colleges. The study comes out of the Center for First-generation Student Success, and Achieving the Dream is proud to share that we'll be carrying out the study in partnership with AACC. Based upon an earlier NASPA study of first-generation students in four-year colleges, this new study will focus on how two-year institutions serve first-generation students; the challenges that students encounter; and how students perceive their institutional experience. Achieving the Dream anticipates that participation in the study and the results of the study will further serve to strengthen our student success support with network institutions. 

Stories & News

ATD Student Story: Leah Altman

Portland Community Job Fair



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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