ATD Network News: Late July Edition

(Photos taken from Community College Women Succeed Videos)

Student Testimonial Videos Tell of Struggle, Persistence, Success

ATD has released a powerful new set of student videos as part of Community College Women Succeed, ATD’s initiative to identify and promote effective strategies that help adult women students succeed in community college. The videos draw out a number of themes, such as “I should have started sooner,” “take advantage of the services offered,” and “never give up,” and communicates challenges, persistence, and completion of six adult female students. These interviews will help inform our work as we complete the Community College Women Succeed Discussion Guide, a companion piece to student testimonial videos for colleges to use to guide conversations on their own campuses. We encourage you to view these inspirational testimonials, and we invite you to join our ongoing conversation on social media using the hashtag #CCWomenSucceed. 

ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout Delivers Keynote Address at South Africa Conference 

Achieving the Dream President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout was invited to deliver a keynote at the 2019 Siyaphumelela Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the end of June. Dr. Stout’s keynote, Helping All Students Succeed: Insights from the American Community College Experience, took a broad look at ATD’s work over our 15 years as a leader of the college reform movement. She shared lessons that ATD has learned, and she spoke of the evolving model to ensure sustainability. During the conference, Dr. Stout led a half-day workshop on Holistic Student Supports for a group of advisors. For the last five years, As part of the Kresge Foundation’s Siyaphumelela project, ATD provides data coaching services to five universities to build data capacity within their institutionsenabling successful learning for all. Read more about Dr. Stout's trip to South Africa

Strong Benchmarks, Data Drive Gateway to College Program Success

Achieving the Dream’s use of data and focus on data coaching plays a critical role in reducing the student achievement gap. In 2015, in an effort to improve program success, Gateway to College, now part of ATD, introduced new benchmarks as a means for its programs to measure their improvement over time. Gateway to College programs are college-based high school completion programs that use dual enrollment and holistic student supports to propel struggling students to the finish line. While training, supports, and a network of peers helped drive the improved outcomes, consistent data collection and analysis has proven to be a strong tool for program leaders in instituting the changes needed to continually improve. Earlier this month, ATD Gateway to College Directors met at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT, to discuss their work and share their progress. A record percentage of programs met and exceeded benchmarks. Overall, the Gateway to College network has seen a 20 percentage point increase in graduation rates over the past three years. Read more about the progress of Gateway to College programs

Data Through an Equity Lens- Register Now for the 2019 Data & Analytics Summit

Building on the 2018 ATD Data and Analytics Summit, Mind the Data Gap, in which we focused attention on the critical role data plays in reducing the student achieving gap, we designed the 2019 Summit, Data and Analytics Through an Equity Lens. This convening takes a deeper look into the role of data in ensuring success for all students. New programming is designed around three tracks to help institutions: (1) improve student success outcomes by building capacity and a comprehensive, aligned strategy to support a culture of inquiry and evidence; (2) examining the use of data as a lever in pathways reform; and (3) improving institutional effectiveness practices. Each track incorporates equity-minded practices. The Summit will be held September 11-13 in College Park, Maryland and registration is open now.

Adaptive Courseware Helps Address Student Success Rates

Achieving the Dream's work with Every Learner Everywhere, a network that includes 11 other higher education and digital learning groups, was announced at the DREAM Conference early in 2019. The initiative was started as a means to address high failure rates in foundational courses through the provision of scalable, high-quality support to colleges and universities seeking to implement adaptive courseware for foundational courses on their campuses. Over the course of the year, we have been working with institutions to implement adaptive courseware in first-year foundational courses, which have been identified as vital for student retention and success. Every Learner Everywhere is working with a small set of two-year and four-year institutions in three states—Texas, Ohio, and Florida—and will then expand nationwide with plans to reach at least 200 institutions by 2022. This initial phase of our work will allow us to further develop and refine high-quality, field-tested resources and training. Read more about the early work of the initiative


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. Register today

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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