Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, thirty community colleges, including the entire Los Angeles Community College District, have joined Achieving the Dream. This is the largest cohort in Achieving the Dream history, and these colleges will begin work immediately to identify strategies for improving student success, closing achievement gaps, and increasing retention, persistence, and completion rates.
Each new college will develop and implement research-based policies and practices based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of its institutional strengths, problem areas, and achievement gaps. The colleges are committed to assessing the effectiveness of their policies and practices, institutionalizing approaches that prove successful, and sharing their findings widely. Throughout the Achieving the Dream process, these colleges will have the opportunity to learn from other Achieving the Dream institutions, and they will receive assistance from experienced practitioners in building a culture of evidence campus-wide, using data to identify problems, setting priorities, and measuring progress toward increasing student success.