Six Community Colleges Receive Recognition for Increases in Student Success

Achieving the Dream Network Institutions Earn “Leader College” Status

Silver Spring, MD (January 24, 2019) – Achieving the Dream (ATD) today announced that six community colleges in the ATD Network have earned Leader College status, Achieving the Dream created the designation of Leader College to recognize and celebrate colleges that have achieved and sustained significant improvements in student outcomes. These colleges
have shown measurable progress in areas critical to improving success for all community college students. 

“I’m very proud to recognize a new group of Achieving the Dream Network colleges that are advancing equity, offering a more impactful student experience, and achieving stronger, measurable results,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “ATD Leader Colleges’ gains in student success and progress toward improving outcomes for all students make them examples for their peers.”

The following colleges have earned Leader College status for the first time in 2018:

  • Anne Arundel Community College (MD)
  • Central Alabama Community College (AL)
  • Grayson College (TX)
  • Roane State Community College (TN)
  • Western Technical College (WI)
  • West Hills Lemoore (CA)

These colleges showed institution-wide improvement in critical areas including completion of Gateway math and/or English in a student’s first year, persistence from Year 1 to Year 2 (fall-to-fall retention), courses attempted/completed with a C- or higher grade within one year of initial enrollment, and completion of a certificate or degree within four years of initial enrollment. Each of the six colleges selected by ATD to receive the Leader College designation excelled in their work to improve in areas critical to student success. To learn about their outstanding work and progress, read more here.

Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges are eligible to compete for all grant-funded learning initiatives and are encouraged to provide leadership and support to other colleges in the ATD national Network, disseminate lessons learned, support state and national efforts to advance the student success agenda, and continue to improve student outcomes. New for 2019, Network institutions must now be Leader Colleges in order to compete for Achieving the Dream’s top national award, the Leah Meyer Austin award, a $25,000 prize for an institution in the ATD Network that successfully implements whole-college approaches to improving student success and achieves notable increases in student outcomes.

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 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 academic achievement 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 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Wakelet.

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