ACC Earns Achieving the Dream ‘Leader College’ Designation

ACC has been designated a Leader College by Achieving the Dream, the national program dedicated to helping community college students earn a degree or certificate.

The college is one of eight to receive the 2013 Leader College recognition, and one of only 74 Leader Colleges nationwide. Leader Colleges are selected for their commitment to Achieving the Dream principles, as well as their improvement in at least one of the initiative’s measures of student success.

“ACC is truly focused on improvement at scale,” said Carol Lincoln, Achieving the Dream senior vice president. “The college is working hard to ensure that it is moving the needle for whole cohorts of students and should be given recognition for its relentless efforts and promising achievements.”

ACC was invited to become a member of Achieving the Dream in 2009. Since then the program has been part of the college’s ongoing effort to improve student success rates.

“This recognition reflects the hard work of our faculty and staff to really connect with students and give them a viable pathway to graduation and an in-demand career,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “ACC is constantly looking for ways to redesign curriculum, boost student engagement, and innovate what happens in and out of the classroom – and the data show that our commitment is working.”

In announcing the new Leader Colleges, the Achieving the Dream organization specifically noted ACC’s faculty coach and first year experience initiatives. Read the full announcement.

As a Leader College, ACC will help other member colleges develop strategies for increasing student persistence, retention, and completion rates.

For more information, visit the Achieving the Dream website or ACC’s Student Success Initiative webpage.

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