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Turning the Tide Five Years of Achieving the Dream in Community Colleges
Thursday, February 10, 2011
In 2004, Lumina Foundation for Education launched â€œAchieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,â€ a national initiative aimed at improving success among community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color. Now encompassing more than 130 institutions in 24 states and the District of Columbia, Achieving the Dream helps community colleges build a â€œculture of evidenceâ€ by using student records and other data to examine studentsâ€™ performance over time and to identify barriers to academic progress. From there, community colleges are expected to develop intervention strategies designed to improve student outcomes; conduct further research on student progress; and bring effective programs to scale. As a result, it is anticipated that colleges will see measurable improvements over time in student outcomes, including increased progress through developmental education and college-level â€œgatekeeperâ€ (introductory) courses, grades, persistence, and completion of credentials.