Achieving the Dream: Approach

Achieving the Dream: Approach

Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream Leader College

ATD Approach

The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network leverages four overarching approaches to close achievement gaps and accelerate student success nationwide.  As integrated levers advancing ground-level and system-level strategies these approaches in concert with our high-impact focus areas to ultimately accomplish big-picture outcomes.

  • Guiding Evidence-Based Institutional Change:  We work directly with community colleges, offering support that includes Leadership and Data Coaching, technical assistance, and peer learning experiences for our Network of colleges.
  • Influencing Policy Reform:  We help state leaders create powerful reform agendas, provide technical assistance, and create peer learning opportunities to establish an environment that supports community college student success and completion.
  • Generating & Sharing Knowledge:  In service to educators and the community college sector at large, we conduct and make available original research on success strategies and meaningful metrics.
  • Engaging the Community:  With the nation's most comprehensive network of community college reformers, we have established a common understanding of the barriers to student success and forged commitments to a shared agenda.


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