More than 1,900 Convene in Atlanta to Create Momentum for Community College Reform, Student Success

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                      


Silver Spring, MD (February 16, 2016) – Community college leaders and reformers will meet February 23-26 to discuss an array of approaches to increasing student persistence and completion, including deepening community colleges’ institutional capacity, engaging faculty as leaders of college-wide change in teaching, eliminating tuition costs and helping colleges join community organizations in acting together to improve student success.

The leaders are meeting at DREAM 2016, an annual student success institute offered by Achieving the Dream, a national network of more than 200 reform-minded community colleges dedicated to helping all students earn credentials.

Members of the press can attend DREAM at no charge. Contact the ATD communications office at or 240-450-3830 for registration information.

Learn more about Achieving the Dream at You also can follow the conversation on Twitter using #ATD_DREAM.

  • Martha Kanter, former Undersecretary of Education, NYU Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow
  • Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore
  • Nicole Edgecombe, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
  • College presidents, faculty, and staff from across the nation
What: DREAM 2016 Achieving the Dream’s Annual Institute on Student Success
When: Tuesday, February 23 – Friday, February 26, 2016
Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
  • February 23, 2016: Keynote Address, Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the DREAM; announcement of Leah Meyer Austin Award winner
  • February 24, 2016:  Faculty-Led Reform plenary discussion; No Greater Odds screening
  • February 25, 2016:  Panel presentation on America’s College Promise; announcement of OneMain Financial Empowerment Award winner; ED Talks: “Frozen” Economic Mobility of Low-Income Youth
  • February 26, 2016: Presentation by DREAM Scholars community college students; presentation by Wes Moore


Media contact:

Lynn Reddy

(240) 450-3830



Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 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 45 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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