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February 27, 2014

Cowley College selected into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network


Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Cowley College is one of 12 institutions selected, this year, into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. Cowley College was welcomed into the network today at DREAM 2014 and 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.

“Achieving the Dream will provide Cowley College with access to the experiences,  resources, and tools needed to take our student success rates from national class to universally acknowledged as Best in Class,” Cowley College president Clark Williams said. “We have much to learn from our colleagues in Achieving the Dream, and we are ready now.”

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.

“We are delighted to welcome Cowley College 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. “Cowley College represents 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.”

Each new college in the Achieving the Dream 2014 cohort 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.