ATD Network News: Late June Edition

(Photo taken by Lance Thurman at 2019 Kickoff Institute)

With a Focus on Equitable Student Success, 17 Colleges Begin ATD Journey

Seventeen institutions representing eight states launched their work as a cohort of Achieving the Dream colleges last week at the Kickoff Institute in Phoenix, AZ. In her opening remarks to leaders, ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout focused on the urgency of equity in student success. “We believe that we’re leading a network not just committed to student outcomes, but to equitable outcomes,” Dr. Stout shared with the nearly 200 college leaders in attendance. “Equity is at the core of our work.” This sense of urgency was apparent throughout the week, as teams from ATD’s new colleges worked together and with their coaches to begin to organize their student success work for the year. Read more about the Institute.

Kresge Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity for ATD Network Colleges

This week, The Kresge Foundation announced a new funding opportunity, Boosting Opportunities for Social and Economic Mobility for Families (BOOST), available exclusively to active Achieving the Dream Network colleges. BOOST aims to strengthen partnerships between community colleges and human services nonprofits that help current and future students secure family-sustaining employment using two-generation approaches. Through BOOST, Kresge will award up to eight three-year grants of up to $450,000 each to qualifying partnerships between community colleges active in the Achieving the Dream Network and human services nonprofits. Read more about this grant opportunity

ATD President and CEO Delivers Keynote Address in South Africa

This week, Dr. Karen A. Stout, ATD’s president and CEO, delivered a keynote address, Helping All Students Succeed: Insights from the American Community College Experience, and leading a workshop, Helping Students to Succeed Through Holistic Student Support, at the Siyaphumelela 2019 Conference in Johannesburg. Dr. Stout’s visit continues Achieving the Dream’s five-year engagement with South African colleges, supported by The Kresge Foundation. Siyaphumelela (We Succeed) Initiative supports four universities and a higher education institute to improve their use of data to drive student success. Read more about the Siyaphumelela Conference.

State-Funded Project in Oregon Shows Promising Results for First-Generation Students

In 2015, inspired by the success of Portland Community College’s (PCC) Future Connect program, the Oregon Legislature directed $3.1M to community colleges in Oregon to increase college success for low-income and first-generation students. In collaboration with PCC, Gateway to College National Network staff (now part of ATD) hosted multiple convenings, facilitated the exchange of best practices, and documented specific practices, broad themes, and policy recommendations that emerged from the collective work of the grantees. Learn more about the Oregon student success work.

Overcoming Trauma, Devanee Matcham Shines

In her first semester at West Hills College Coalinga, a traumatic experience left Devanee Matcham feeling vulnerable, and she struggled to cope with even the simplest tasks outside of school. Prior to the experience, she did relatively well in school, but primarily went through the motions. Her experience, while traumatic, led to a renewed focus as she reconsidered her approach to education. Devanee began to thrive in her education and in her community. In May, she received the Harvey Lincoln Student Scholarship from ATD and served as her college’s student commencement speaker. Devanee plans to continue her education at UCLA. Read more about Devanee's story.


2019 ATD Data & Analytics Summit: Data Analytics Through An Equity Lens
September 11-13, 2019

Go deep in the data and technology capacity area of the Institutional Capacity Framework. The Summit will help colleges improve student success outcomes by building capacity and a comprehensive, aligned strategy to support a culture of inquiry and evidence; examine the use of data as a lever in pathways reform; and improve institutional effectiveness practices. The two-day summit is designed 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. Identify and seize opportunities to use data in more impactful ways to advance student success. Register today!

2019 ATD Holistic Student Supports Institute
October 1-4, 2019

Join over 300 colleagues from across the country at the premier working institute for holistic student supports. Whether your college is just beginning conversations on how to more holistically support your students or is deep into the implementation of addressing all student needs, this institute is your opportunity to harness the expertise of Achieving the Dream’s diverse network of colleges and national leaders working to design, implement, and assess a “whole college” approach to improving student outcomes. Registration will open soon.

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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