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Achieving the Dream




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Advancing Student Success

  • A National Network
  • 220 Colleges - 40 States
  • A Proven Model
  • Focused on Advancing and Accelerating Student Success
  • Data-Enabled Decisions


Achieving the Dream 

At the end of the discovery and planning period that defines the first year of participation in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network, colleges develop and submit an Action Plan. The Action Plan provides an opportunity to translate your learning into an overarching vision and strategy for improving student and institutional outcomes. The Plan describes how your institution will seek to improve policies, processes, and systems; maximize impact through the college-wide scaling of strategies; and align and allocate resources to support implementation. 

2020 Annual Reflection Report Process

2019 Cohort Student Success Action Plan


2018 Achieving the Dream (ATD) Conference documents


Achieving the Dream's Approach

Most efforts to improve community college student outcomes involve relatively small innovations or changes at the margins. After more than a decade of experience, Achieving the Dream has learned that improving student success on a substantial scale requires colleges to engage in bold, holistic, sustainable institutional change. Achieving the Dream's Institutional Capacity Framework is a comprehensive approach to addressing the emerging needs of the field to improve success results for all students, especially low-income students and students of color.

Read more about Achieving the Dream approach to improving community colleges


Achieving the Dream – Community College Count


Achieving the Dream:  Resources





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