ATD Network News: November Edition

November 2019


(Dr. Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn)

ATD Hosts Webinar on Indigenous Perspectives on Native Student Challenges in Higher Education 

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, ATD is hosting a webinar with Dr. Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, director and associate professor of education at University of Washington Tacoma, on November 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Indigenous Perspectives on Native Student Challenges in Higher Education. Dr. Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Umatilla/Nez Perce/Apache and Assiniboine Nations, will share some of these challenges and ways mainstream colleges can better support Native American Students. Register here

$2.1 Million Grant Helps SW Tennessee Foster Equity, Building Upon ATD Work 

When Southwest Tennessee Community College began its work with ATD as part of the 2016 cohort, the college faced significant achievement gaps among its students. Through intensive work with its ATD coaches and a deep understanding of its data, the college is now better situated to support the success of its students. In early October, Southwest Tennessee was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) that will allow the college to further its equity work. "This grant will allow Southwest to build on its Achieving the Dream work to transform the student experience,” commented Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, associate vice president, retention & student success at Southwest Tennessee. Read more about how Southwest Tennessee’s work with ATD is leading to more equitable outcomes.

Closing the Credit-Noncredit Divide 

A new report from our partners at Jobs For the Future (JFF) examines the structural divide between for-credit and noncredit postsecondary education and the problems it presents for people seeking better jobs with higher pay. The report highlights innovative ways that some community colleges are trying to bridge the gap—creating more seamless pathways between credit and noncredit coursework —and provides policy considerations to encourage more colleges and statewide systems to adopt these models. The report references ATD’s Northeast Resiliency Consortium, a Department of Labor-supported initiative where seven ATD Network colleges focused on partnerships to increase the vitality and strength of their local economies. The full report is available on the JFF website

Aspen Releases List of Colleges Eligible for 2021 Prize for Community College Excellence 

The Aspen Institute has released the list of 150 community colleges eligible for the 2021 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. Earlier in 2019, Achieving the Dream celebrated two of our network colleges, Indian River State College and Miami Dade College, who were named the co-winners of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Of the 10 finalists in 2019, eight were ATD Network colleges. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the eligible colleges as they begin their journey toward the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. An update on our website details some of the ATD Network colleges eligible for this award.  

Come DREAM with ATD in February! 

America’s future requires strengthening our communities by increasing social and economic mobility for all students and families. At DREAM 2020, we will be looking at how to address systemic inequities within higher education that serve as barriers to social and economic mobility, and we invite you to join us in February. The 2020 event will be held February 18-21 in National Harbor, MD, just outside of the nation's capital. The event features the second annual ATD Equity Institute on February 18, as well as hundreds of opportunities to hear from and meet with the nation’s top leaders in higher education reform. Register today, and join us

Apply for the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship 

The College Excellence Program at The Aspen Institute is accepting nominations and applications for the fifth cohort of aspiring community college presidents for the Rising Presidents Fellowship (formerly called the Aspen Presidents Fellowship). The application window opened in September, and applications are due December 31. The Aspen Institute held an informational webinar at the end of October, and that webinar is now available for viewing on the Aspen Institute website

DREAM Scholar Application Reminder 

Achieving the Dream’s DREAM Scholars program is an experiential learning opportunity for up to eight students from participating Achieving the Dream Institutions, designed to enhance key leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills. Selected students attend ATD’s annual convening, DREAM, where they talk with experts, share their educational experiences, and attend sessions on improving student success, institutional governance, teaching and learning, administration, and more. The 2020 DREAM Scholars application deadline is November 26th.  ATD Core Team Leaders nominate and submit the application via an online form. Visit our website for more information about the program and to submit an application.   

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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. Registration is now open.



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