Calhoun Community College Announced Today as One of 12 New Colleges to Join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network


Achieving the Dream today welcomes 12 new colleges into the National Reform Network as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary

(February 27, 2014) – Today at DREAM 2014,  the national conference for the Achieving the Dream network, Calhoun Community College was among 12 community and technical colleges from eight states to be welcomed into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. This cohort, serving nearly 75,000 students, will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“We are delighted to welcome the 2014 Cohort of colleges into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as we celebrate our 10th year of working to improve student success and completion rates across the country,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart. “These 12 colleges represent a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured. It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”

“Calhoun Community College is not unique in our challenges as we work toward our goal of ‘Success for every student,” commented Calhoun President Dr. Marilyn C. Beck.  “However, with this wonderful opportunity to now work with Achieving the Dream, these challenges will become our strengths and the success of our students will continue to increase,” Beck added.

The Achieving the Dream 2014 Cohort is as follows:

  • Calhoun Community College (AL)
  • Cowley College (KS)
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)
  • Grayson College (TX)
  • McLennan Community College (TX)
  • Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
  • North Georgia Technical College (GA)
  • Savannah Technical College (GA)
  • West Georgia Technical College (GA)
  • West Hills College Lemoore (CA)
  • West Kentucky Community & Technical College (KY)
  • Western Technical College (WI)

The Achieving the Dream Model:  Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on four principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia - helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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