Holistic Student Supports Services

Addressing the academic and personal support needs of students is key to ensuring they have what they need to thrive and achieve their educational and career goals.

HSS is not a program: it is a way of applying student-centric design to college operations to design the experience you want your students to have!

ATD HSS services help your college:

  • Understand current challenges and opportunities for improving student supports
  • Envision the ideal student experience
  • Develop a prioritized action plan to address core issues
  • Improve operational workflows and internal communication
  • Deepen your college’s understanding of equity and equity-based, student-centered design
  • Conduct student-focused research strategies
  • Create the structure and culture to support continuous improvement centered on the students you serve

Options for Holistic Student Supports Services

Our signature three-year coaching engagement helps colleges achieve sustainable, institution-wide results.

Throughout this engagement, we partner with you to plan, implement and assess a student-centered
support model.

Our ATD Holistic Student Supports Redesign Team provides your college with:

  • A dedicated coach matched to your needs and access to subject-matter experts to assist with specific topics
  • A comprehensive opportunity assessment with detailed analysis of opportunities for improvement and actionable solutions in Year 1
  • An onsite one-day professional development institute (e.g., equity institute, change leadership institute) and half-day follow up strategy debrief presented by your HSS coach and a subject-matter expert in Years 2 & 3
  • Two additional onsite coaching visits per year tailored to your institution’s needs and delivered by your HSS coach and a subject-matter expert to support planning and implementation 10 hours of virtual coaching support per year from your ATD Holistic Student Supports coach, including strategic consultation, action plan check-ins, and professional development webinars
  • One comprehensive site visit feedback report per onsite engagement
  • Access to actionable reports, templates, tools, college examples, and peer learning community

For institutions that choose not to participate in ATD’s signature coaching engagement model, options include:

  • Holistic Student Supports Redesign onsite opportunity assessment
  • Holistic Student Supports Redesign professional development workshop



Learn more about ATD’s Holistic Student Supports model here.


Contact Us

Contact us for more information at HSS@achievingthedream.org to set up a 30-minute consultation.

Not a Network college? Join us! We're building our 2021 Cohort now and invite you to become part of our growing national network of colleges that are committed to improving student success for their students. Contact us at Network@achievingthedream.org.


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