Achieving the Dream Colleges Selected to Build Guided Pathways

Colleges Selected for National Initiative



Silver Spring, MD (November 2, 2015) – Twenty-one active Achieving the Dream (ATD) institutions were selected through a competitive national process to build the capacity to implement a pathways approach to student success and college completion as part of the Pathways Project, an initiative organized by six national organizations including ATD and led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). 

“Achieving the Dream’s decade of learning has set the stage for the ATD Pathways grantees and others to increase student success and completion and through bold and holistic institutional change,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO of Achieving the Dream.  “Guided by ATD’s five principles of leadership, data, engagement, systemic improvement, and equity, our colleges have developed the fundamentals to implement guided pathways at scale.”

The ATD institutions are:

  • Alamo Colleges (TX)
  • Bakersfield College (CA)
  • Broward College (FL)
  • Columbus State Community College (OH)
  • Community College of Philadelphia (PA)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
  • El Paso Community College (TX)
  • Indian River State College (FL)
  • Jackson College (MI)
  • Lansing Community College*  (MI) 
  • Linn Benton Community College (OR)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
  • Paris Junior College (TX)
  • Pierce College District (WA)
  • Prince George’s Community College (MD)
  • St. Petersburg College (FL)
  • San Jacinto College (TX)
  • Skagit Valley College (WA)
  • Stanly Community College (NC)
  • Tallahassee Community College (FL)
  • Tulsa Community College* (OK)
  • Wallace State College (AL)
  • Zane State College (OH)

*Former ATD institution

The project is launching with a cohort of 30 institutions with a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  In addition to ATD and AACC, the Aspen Institute, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, the Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Public Agenda are participating in this national partnership focused on expanding guided academic and career pathways at scale. 

The colleges in the cohort will participate in a series of six two-day pathways institutes, designed and delivered by the partner organizations, each focusing on key elements of a fully scaled pathway model for community colleges. The selected colleges will work with expert coaches as well as Pathways partners at those institutes.  In addition, the participating colleges themselves will contribute to learning both across the initiative and more broadly, across the community college field.  

“These very diverse community colleges can feel proud of the strong foundations they have laid for this transformational work,” said AACC president Walter G. Bumphus. “We are pleased with the rigor and integrity that the Pathways partners have ensured in the selection process, and all of the partners look forward to the intensive work ahead.” 

Additional Contacts:

Kay McClenney, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor to the President/CEO

American Association of Community Colleges

Gretchen Schmidt, Ed.D. 

Executive Director, Pathways Project

American Association of Community Colleges

Media Contact 

Lynn Reddy, Achieving the Dream

(301) 520-9940

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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