Statement by the Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart on the Interim Report from MDRC and the Community College Research Center

Using data - concrete evidence on student performance - to improve college programs and services is a founding principle of Achieving the Dream. Since the launch seven years ago, Achieving the Dream has consistently emphasized with colleges the importance of allowing data to stimulate reflection and discussion, and to advance decisions in the quest for better student success outcomes. That is the ATD way, and we hold ourselves to that same standard. Achieving the Dream applauds MDRC and the Community College Research Center for their rigorous research and welcomes the findings in the interim report, Turning the Tide: Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges.

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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 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 44 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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