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Atlantic Cape Selected Into the Achieving the Dream Network

May 30, 2012

Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Atlantic Cape Community College is one of 26 institutions selected this year into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network – the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. Atlantic Cape will begin immediately to identify strategies to close achievement gaps and increase student retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“As part of the comprehensive Student Success Initiative endorsed by Atlantic Cape’s Board of Trustees, the college will enter the Achieving the Dream program,” Atlantic Cape President Dr. Peter L. Mora said. “Participating in the Achieving the Dream program for the next three years will enhance the effectiveness of Atlantic Cape’s efforts to meet the mission-based mandate to improve student retention and completion outlined in our current strategic plan.”

“This new cohort of colleges will collectively help 270,000 students succeed,” said Beverly Fletcher, Senior Director of Organizational Development and Change for Achieving the Dream. “And the success of each student 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.”

As an Achieving the Dream Institution, Atlantic Cape will develop and implement research-based policies and practices based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of its institutional strengths, problem areas, and achievement gaps. Atlantic Cape is committed to assessing the effectiveness of these policies and practices, institutionalizing the approaches that prove successful, and sharing the findings widely.

Through Achieving the Dream, Atlantic Cape will have the opportunity to learn from other Achieving the Dream Institutions, and receive assistance from experienced practitioners in building a culture of evidence campus-wide, using data to identify problems, setting priorities, and measuring progress toward increasing student success.

Atlantic Cape joins these colleges in the 2012 Achieving the Dream Cohort: Albany Technical College, Arkansas Baptist College, Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Blue Mountain Community College, Central Alabama Community College, Central Georgia Technical College, College of Southern Nevada, Columbia Gorge Community College, Columbus State Community College, Columbus Technical College, Gaston College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Klamath Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Linn-Benton Community College, Miami Dade College, Oregon Coast Community College, Pierce College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, St. Petersburg College, Stanly Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, Umpqua Community College and Wallace State Community College.

“The work of closing achievement gaps and improving student success is extremely difficult and critically important,” said Fletcher. “Being an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, discipline, and a tenacious institution-wide commitment to student success and equity. Atlantic Cape should be applauded for helping tackle one of society’s most daunting challenges: success for more college students.”

Achieving the Dream 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 nearly 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia - helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.