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Welcome to Edmonds' Achieving the Dream Website

 
 
 

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. Our approach uses ground-level strategies to accomplish

big-picture outcomes. Achieving the Dream proceeds from the

premise that success begets success — and every incremental

milestone for every student can be positively affected by

community college leaders and educators. Each passing grade,

each semester completed, each certificate and degree counts.

Community colleges can help deliver on the promise of the

American dream — in fact, no educational enterprise is better

positioned to do so.

Nine out of ten students in the United States say they hope to

go to college. Fewer than half — roughly 39 percent of American

adults — actually complete a two- or four-year degree. Students

of color and low-income students, who have traditionally faced

substantial barriers to success in college, are even less likely

to complete degrees. Today, adults without degrees find

themselves competing for a declining number of low-paying

jobs and ineligible for a growing number of higher-paying ones.

Community colleges — and particularly community colleges

taking part in Achieving the Dream — can change that.

Achieving the Dream’s student-centered model of institutional

improvement is focused on creating a culture of evidence in

which data and inquiry drive broad-based institutional efforts to

close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes overall.

This multi-faceted initiative seeks change at the institutional

level as well as in state and national policy and through research

and public engagement.