ATD Network News: Late August Edition

Late August 2019


(Photo taken by Gateway to College staff at Spokane Falls Community College.)

Gateway to College Helps Transform Life of Spokane Falls Community College Student 

Before Jessup enrolled in the Gateway to College program at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC), he believed he was more likely to end up in prison than to graduate high school. Jessup struggled at home and at school, while battling substance abuse. Then he found the Gateway to College program at SFCC. Gateway is a college-based high school re-engagement program for off track and out of school students that uses dual enrollment and significant holistic student supports to help students complete high school, ready for postsecondary success. In June, Jessup crossed the stage at Spokane Falls Community College with his fellow Gateway to College students and he’s now close to earning his associate’s degree. Jessup’s trajectory could have easily been different, but the support of the Gateway staff and his instructors changed his future prospects. Read more about Jessup's Gateway to College journey.

Leader College, Leader College of Distinction Applications Open  

A hallmark of the ATD experience is to recognize exemplar institutions that have identified and implemented strategies that have been proven to improve student success over time. Leader College designation indicates that every person who is affiliated with the institution is committed to ensuring student success for all of its students. Leader College of Distinction, introduced last year, recognizes those colleges that have gone above and beyond in maintaining and even increasing their success in closing the gaps and student success. This week, eligible ATD Network colleges will receive an email inviting them to apply for the 2019 designations. Visit the ATD website for more information about Leader College and Leader College of Distinction.  

Share How Your Campus is Helping Community College Women Succeed 

Earlier in the month, ATD President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout wrote to Network colleges asking for perspectives and experiences related to the Community College Women Succeed Initiative. In understanding the strategies that colleges are implementing to increase persistence and completion of adult women students (aged 25 and older) and women students who have dependent children, ATD can build a stronger knowledge base of effective practices and be a source for innovation to help today’s students meet their goals. Colleges that complete this survey by the August 27 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary registration to DREAM 2020, ATD’s annual national convening. Read more about Community College Women Succeed work and participate in the survey

Call for Proposals: DREAM 2020 National Convening  

Individuals from colleges, universities, and organizations inside and outside of the Achieving the Dream Network are invited to submit proposals to present a concurrent session or to present during the fast-paced 20x20 presentations during ATD’s national convening February 18-21, 2019, in National Harbor, MD. This is an opportunity to present your work before 2,300 experts, policy-makers, investors, thought-leaders, and practitioners from more than 220 colleges throughout the country who will gather to engage in an exchange of ideas about evidence-based reform strategies. Read more about DREAM 2020 and our call for proposals.

Four ATD Network College Presidents Among Five to Receive Regional Honors from ACCT 

Four ATD Network college presidents were among the five presidents to receive regional honors for the 2019 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Dr. William Serrata, president of El Paso Community College (TX), has received the award for the Western region; Dr. Mary Thornley, president of Trident Technical College (SC), for the South region; Dr. David Beyer, the recently retired president of Everett Community College (WA), for the Pacific region; and Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, president of Community College of Baltimore (MD) for the Northeast region. The regional honorees are recognized for their leadership at their respective community colleges, and for their commitments to postsecondary success in their regions. ACCT will announce the national winner from among five regional award winners at its annual meeting in October.  

Holistic Student Supports Institute  

The ATD Holistic Student Supports Institute, a hands-on working institute being held October 1-4 in Chicago, is open for registration. ATD invites participants from two-year and four-year institutions who are working to create an ideal student experience. 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, the institute is an opportunity to harness the expertise of Achieving the Dream’s diverse network of colleges and national experts working to design, implement, and assess a “whole college” approach to improving student outcomes. The first two years of the Institute sold out well in advance, and participants are encouraged to register soon. Visit the Institute page for registration and additional information. 

ATD partners with NASPA on First Gen Student Survey

In late 2018, the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA and The Suder Foundation, released First-generation Student Success: A Landscape Analysis of Programs and Services at Four-year Institutions. This report, the first of its kind, offers insights into the first-generation identity and how institutions across the country are serving and supporting these students. Because community colleges serve a large population of first-generation students, the Center is launching another study to specifically explore students in these institutions. Because of the deep work that many ATD Network colleges are engaged in to ensure first-generation student success, NASPA has asked ATD Network colleges to consider participation in this new study, which will help to better understand the supports and services being offered to first-generation college students at community colleges across the United States. Learn more about the study and how your institution can participate.  Read more about NASPA and the survey.

ATD Launches Search for Vice President of Finance and Administration

Achieving the Dream is searching for a Vice President of Finance and Administration. The Vice President will lead ATD’s finance and accounting operations, partner in the financial planning process, and work collaboratively with the executive team and the Board of Directors to support the organization’s continued advancement and impact. Resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Visit our Job Listings for complete details. 


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. Read more about DREAM 2020 and our call for proposals.


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