WHAT IS ACHIEVE THE DREAM?
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a multiyear, national initiative to help community colleges support all students in successfully achieving their goals. ATD also helps institutions use data for decision making.
Umpqua Community College joined ATD in 2013 and assembled a core team. The ATD team has been working on four key initiatives:
- Priority One: Improve college readiness by strengthening placement, orientation, pre-college partnerships, communication and information dissemination.
- Priority Two: Strengthen Intrusive Advising campus wide to help students more effectively achieve their goals.
- Priority Three: Increase successful course completion in developmental education courses.
- Priority Four: Pull together all separate student success initiatives so all are streamlined and organized under one umbrella.
The Leadership Team provides guidance to move forward each of the priorities.
The Data Team review data on an as needed or quarterly basis and analyzes the data so that the leadership team can make use of the data to adjust priorities as needed.
WHAT IS ACHIEVING THE DREAM DOING NOW?
In addition to key initiatives, ATD connects to other planning and assessment work at UCC, including accreditation and the strategic plan.
ATD DREAM 2014
A team of five from UCC attended the ATD DREAM conference in Orlando in March 2014. The team members were Caroline Hopkins, Ali Mageehon, Roxanne Kelly, Emery Smith, and April Hamlin. The five team members attended 35 sessions. The notes to those sessions can be found here.