Achieving the Dream helps colleges transform themselves according to the principles of institutional improvement through Achieving the Dream’s five-step process. While no two institutions are alike, by following the Achieving the Dream five-step process for increasing student success, institutions large and small, rural and urban, single campus and multi-campus are helping more students realize success. The steps are as follows:
Step 1. The first step in the Achieving the Dream improvement
process is for the college’s leadership to make a clear commitment to
improving student outcomes. College leaders are expected to make
the improvement of student outcomes an institutional priority, and
Step 2. Once the college has made a commitment to improving student outcomes, the next step is to make an honest and forthright assessment of performance with respect to student outcomes, identify barriers to student achievement and opportunities for improvement, and explicitly articulate those that will be addressed as priorities.
Step 3. The third step in the Achieving the Dream process for increasing student success is to engage internal and external stakeholders in the development of strategies for addressing priority problems and improving student achievement.
Step 4. Achieving the Dream institutions have found it most effective
Step 5. As strategies prove successful and are brought to scale, colleges are expected to repeat the initial steps of this process, identifying new problem areas and developing, testing, and expanding effective approaches to addressing those problems.
One Goal – Success for All Students:
Achieving the Dream seeks to help more students earn postsecondary credentials, including occupational certificates and degrees. Since community college students often take several years to earn certificates or degrees, Achieving the Dream works with institutions to improve student progression through intermediate milestones.
These indicators include the rates at which students:
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