What is Achieving the Dream? (ATD)
Signifying a commitment to student success and institutional improvement, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has recently joined 130 other community colleges from around the country as a member of the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count! initiative designed to identify new strategies to improve student success, close achievement gaps, and increase retention and completion rates.
- ATD defines student success as earning degrees, diplomas, certificates, or transferring.
- ATD focuses on all students but attempts to eliminate gaps for certain cohorts of students who lag.
- ATD uses data to study college barriers, ask the “why” questions, and develop and implement likely solutions.
- ATD understands that trial and error is necessary in this process but expects “ramping up” of successful pilots.
Achieving the Dream at CPCC:
- Committed leadership
President Zeiss and CPCC's leadership teams actively support efforts to improve student learning and completion
- Culture of evidence
CPCC will routinely analyze student data to assess progress and outcomes
- Broad engagement
Faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders participate in efforts to improve student success
- Systemic institutional improvement
CPCC will orient all planning and activities around student success agenda
Why Achieving the Dream?
- More students are coming to community colleges regardless of their readiness to learn.
- Community colleges are not producing adequate numbers of graduates or completers.
- The national spotlight is on community colleges.
- The public does not understand our attempts to “explain away” our failures.
- The public and funding agencies want to see results.
- Increasingly our funding will come from our results.