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Lawton, Julia A.; Toner, Mark – Achieving the Dream, 2020
The complexity and scope of the challenges today's students face explain why community and technical colleges across the country are reexamining the student experience and the support services they provide. As open access institutions, community and technical colleges by their very existence open the doors of higher education and workforce…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Postsecondary Education, At Risk Students
Hatch, Meredith Archer; Toner, Mark – Achieving the Dream, 2020
A growing number of community and technical colleges have made significant commitments to designing and sustaining supportive learning environments that help all students, including student mothers, realize their potential while also integrating the necessary academic, career, and personal supports that make it possible for an increasingly…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Postsecondary Education, Access to Education
Mathern, Nick; Toner, Mark – Achieving the Dream, 2020
Every adolescent faces challenges as they navigate their teenage years, but for some these challenges imperil their ability to complete their education. While these four students' experiences are dramatically different, they have one thing in common: high school didn't work for them, meaning that each faced long odds of ever attaining a diploma,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, High School Students, Postsecondary Education
Lawton, Julie; Toner, Mark – Achieving the Dream, 2020
As with other student populations community colleges serve, part-time students often face multiple challenges that present additional barriers to completion, including unfamiliarity with the college experience, parenthood, and food and housing insecurity. Community colleges have historically opened their doors to all those interested in pursuing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Postsecondary Education, At Risk Students
Achieving the Dream, 2019
This Guide is designed to support the work of institutional cross-functional teams charged with strengthening adjunct faculty professional learning and institutional engagement. Each section shares key learnings from ATD's work with six Leader Colleges, including accomplishments in the form of new programs, services, or policies that can serve as…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Faculty Development
Achieving the Dream, 2018
Colleges and universities frequently find that students cite financial pressures as a significant obstacle in their progress toward college completion. This can particularly be a challenge for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students, students from traditionally underserved populations, and students of color. To help address this issue, many…
Descriptors: Paying for College, At Risk Students, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Price, Derek V.; Lincoln, Carol – Achieving the Dream, 2018
In the summer of 2017, Achieving the Dream hosted The National Financial Security Convening, a meeting attended by a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, postsecondary leaders, advocates, and funders who are engaged in work aimed at addressing the financial needs of low-income students in college and thereafter. The group reflected on the…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Students, Low Income Students, Leadership Responsibility
Achieving the Dream, 2018
Over the last several years, Achieving the Dream (ATD) has engaged in a number of initiatives to help community colleges build their capacity to ensure that more students can reach their education and career goals. During the course of that work, ATD has come to see clearly that enhancing and integrating student support services is central to…
Descriptors: Holistic Approach, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Personnel Services
Price, Derek V.; Sedlak, Wendy – Achieving the Dream, 2018
Community college students start college with goals including transferring to earn a bachelor's degree and gaining the skills and credentials that have immediate labor market value. These goals are not mutually exclusive. Students deserve access to clear pathways, whether they enroll in short-term education and training programs or in college…
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Educational Opportunities, Community Colleges, College Transfer Students
Ippolito, Andrew – Achieving the Dream, 2018
Now, more than ever, more adults must earn college credentials in order to earn family sustaining wages and to help fuel and sustain a robust national economy. That means that institutions of higher education must do all they can to help adult students enroll in college and complete a postsecondary credential. Achieving the Dream emphasizes a…
Descriptors: College Students, Adult Students, Career Choice, Community Colleges
Achieving the Dream, 2018
College Promise programs--initiatives designed to guarantee tuition and fees for eligible students--have swept across the country, unlocking the opportunity of higher education for students in more than 200 communities across 44 states, including 16 statewide programs that have passed through legislation or executive orders. These forward-thinking…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Programs, Access to Education
Gewirtz, Susan; Thorton, LaShawdra – Achieving the Dream, 2018
Over a two-year period, six colleges involved in the Working Students Success Network (WSSN) initiative received financial support and technical assistance from ATD to identify key financial challenges their students face, develop specific strategies to address those challenges, and provide feedback on lessons learned from the work to be shared…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Intervention, Barriers
Achieving the Dream, 2018
Our Community College Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways initiative work outlines valuable guidance on employer engagement. Building Sustainable Partnerships with Business and Industry challenges college leaders to re-think the roles industry plays in shaping workforce programs and re-design how the college engages with industry to develop…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Business Relationship, Industry, Employers
Achieving the Dream, 2018
Public perceptions of college students and their needs have not evolved. Likewise, embedded in the minds of policymakers is a traditional picture of higher education's mission as largely focused on teaching and learning. To some extent, this is true for college staff, as well. As a result, shifting the paradigms around social, economic, and…
Descriptors: State Policy, College Students, Student Needs, Barriers
Achieving the Dream, 2018
In this comprehensive practitioner guidebook, the Northeast Resiliency Consortium colleges have shared their work and have collaborated to develop a competency model, along with a rich and robust set of principles, strategies, resources, and guidelines for helping students develop strong resiliency. The Resiliency Competency Model outlines the…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Integrated Curriculum, Competence, Models
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