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ERIC Number: ED538996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
Progress in the First Five Years: An Evaluation of Achieving the Dream Colleges in Washington State
Jenkins, Davis; Wachen, John; Kerrigan, Monica Reid; Mayer, Alexander K.
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
In 2006, six community and technical colleges in Washington State joined the innovative national reform initiative called Achieving the Dream (ATD). This report describes the progress each college made in implementing ATD's "culture of evidence" principles for institutional improvement, examines strategies implemented by the colleges to improve student success, and charts trends in student outcomes in the period before and after the colleges began their participation. All but one of the colleges made at least some progress in building a culture of evidence. Four of the colleges made significant systemic changes to programs, services, and instructional practices. Yet, most of their work was focused on helping students upon their entry to college. We argue that the Washington ATD colleges and others pursuing similar goals should also examine how they can help students better enter and complete a program of study if they hope to improve student completion and success. Appended are: (1) Framework for Measuring College Progress in Implementing the ATD Culture of Evidence Model; (2) Survey Results on Data Use by Faculty and Administrators at the Washington ATD Colleges; (3) Additional Student Outcome Trends at the Washington ATD Colleges; and (4) Average Student Outcome Changes at Individual Washington ATD Colleges. (Contains 25 figures, 22 tables, 2 boxes, and 15 footnotes.) [This report was written with Oscar Cerna, Dan Cullinan, and Phoebe Richman.]
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center; MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Washington