More than 40 Colleges Join Achieving the Dream

National Network of Student Success-Focused Colleges Grows Significantly with the Addition of Tribal Colleges and Universities

SILVER SPRING, MD (July 7, 2017) – National community college reform leader Achieving the Dream (ATD) has welcomed 44 new colleges to its Network, its largest entering class ever. The 2017 cohort includes 32 tribal colleges, expanding ATD’s reach to 39 states and the District of Columbia.

“I welcome each of the colleges to the Achieving the Dream national network and congratulate them on their willingness to start a challenging process of transformation to improve their student outcomes,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Joining Achieving the Dream prepares colleges for holistic change across their institutions, strengthens equity and helps them use data and technology to guide and measure the change.”

The colleges met in April and June in Chicago and Cleveland to begin their work as ATD institutions. The foundation of ATD’s approach is a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment tool that allow colleges to pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement across seven institutional capacities such as leadership and vision, teaching and learning, and data and technology. With the capacity framework as a guide, ATD’s approach integrates and aligns existing college success efforts, offers valuable support in preparing for accreditation, and fosters conversation about goals. ATD guides colleges toward connecting or scaling interventions because boutique initiatives have not shown strong results.

Achieving the Dream has become a catalyst for colleges to develop new, more effective approaches to helping all students—particularly the most underserved—realize substantial value from their postsecondary experience and their earned credentials, thereby strengthening their communities. Through the Network, ATD will:

  • Innovate with the new cohort colleges to successfully implement, align, and scale cutting edge reforms that increase student success, close achievement gaps, and generate economic benefit for communities.
  • Coach the new college leaders to build institutional capacity, lead whole-college reform, and sustain continuous improvement.
  • Connect the colleges with a network of leaders to foster innovation and peer learning.

As colleges in the new cohort progress, they may apply to participate in initiatives supported by philanthropic funding and managed by ATD. These initiatives help incubate new ideas that help colleges refine practices based on evidence of what works and allow ATD to disseminate knowledge to the broader network and the field. New initiatives address the challenge of engaging adjunct faculty more deeply as key members of colleges’ workforces and implementing degree programs using only open educational resources (OER).


Colleges in the 2017 Cohort:
Aaniiih Nakoda College
Baltimore City Community College
Bay Mills Community College
Bellevue College
Blackfeet Community College
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Central Maine Community College
Chief Dull Knife College
College of Menominee Nation
College of the Muscogee Nation
Dine College*
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Fort Peck Community College
Haskell Indian Nations University
Ilisagvik College
Institute of American Indian Art
Kennebec Valley Community College
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Leech Lake Tribal College
Little Big Horn College
Little Priest Tribal College
Navajo Technical University
Nebraska Indian Community College
Northern Maine Community College
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
Oglala Lakota College
Pensacola State College
Portland Community College
Red Lake Nation College
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Salish Kootenai College*
Sinte Gleska University
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Sitting Bull College
South Central College
Southern Maine Community College
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute 
Spokane Community College
Stone Child College
Tohono O'odham Community College
Turtle Mountain Community College
United Tribes Technical College
Washington County Community College
White Earth Tribal & Community College
York County Community College

*ATD Network College



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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