We are excited that Everett Community College has been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national effort to help community college students succeed in reaching their personal and educational goals. ATD is based on the premise that colleges must fundamentally change the way they operate in order to help substantially more community college students stay in school and earn a certificate or degree. Participation in Achieving the Dream provides resources to augment Everett Community College's ongoing work to improve student achievement, enables us to better engage our campus and community in this work, and offers a widely-recognized, credible framework for performance assessment and requests for funding to support a culture of continuous improvement.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide.
The Achieving the Dream Principles for Improving Student Success are:
- Committed leadership
- Use of evidence to improve programs, policies, and services
- Broad engagement
- Systemic institutional improvement
Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. With 160 community colleges and institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 30 states and the District of Columbia - Achieving the Dream helps 3.5 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
Everett Community College's participation in Achieving the Dream from 2011 through June 30, 2015, was funded by a four-year grant of $550,000 from College Spark Washington.