Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a bold national effort to help more community college students succeed, with a special focus on students of color and low-income students.
Conceived in 2004 by Lumina Foundation for Education and seven national partner organizations, Achieving the Dream is focused on creating a “culture of evidence” on community college campuses in which data collection and analysis drive efforts to identify problems that prevent students from succeeding—particularly low-income students and students of color—and develop programs to help them stay in school and receive a certificate or diploma.
Muskegon Community College has made a two-year commitment to focus its efforts on closing performance gaps among student sub-groups including students of color and low-income students. Now part of 130 colleges in the Achieving the Dream consortium, MCC will not only learn from those that are already a part of it, they will 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. Achieving the Dream colleges make lasting changes in policies, programs, and services that are integrated to support success for all students.
Achieving the Dream seeks to help more students earn postsecondary credentials, including occupational certificates and degrees, by working with institutions to improve student progression. Our objective is to help more students:
- Successfully complete remedial or developmental instruction and advance to credit-bearing courses
- Enroll in and successfully complete the initial college-level or gatekeeper courses in subjects such as math and English
- Complete the courses they take with a grade of C or better
- Persist from one term to the next
- Earn a certificate or associate’s degree
Additional Achieving the Dream Information (pdf document)