Southwest Tennessee Community College Joins Achieving the Dream to Improve Student Success

National Community College Network Promotes Capacity-Building and Change

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Robert Miller

Southwest Tennessee Community College today announced it has joined Achieving the Dream’s growing network of colleges dedicated to improving student success.  Achieving the Dream (ATD), located in Silver Spring, MD, acts as a catalyst to help colleges strengthen and build their capacity to ensure that more students complete postsecondary education and have greater opportunity for economic success.

Southwest's Achieving the Dream Team
Southwest's Achieving the Dream Team

One of only 12 institutions selected this year, Southwest’s partnership with ATD will provide a capacity-building framework that will serve to pinpoint the college’s strengths and opportunities for improvement across areas such as leadership and vision, teaching and learning, and data and technology. Colleges admitted to the ATD network have shown improved retention rates, grown enrollment, and have increased their capacity to capture data and ultimately enhanced student success.

ATD appoints leadership and data coaches to college campuses who provide coordinated, personalized advice to help build necessary capacities, align student success efforts and support change where it is needed. Such focused support will help Southwest implement and refine best practices and allow ATD to disseminate knowledge to its broader network that includes more than 200 institutions across the country.

Additionally, Southwest’s partnership will afford the College the opportunity to apply to participate in initiatives supported by philanthropic funding and managed by ATD. These initiatives help incubate new ideas that help colleges refine practices based on evidence of what works.

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s participation in the ATD network is the manifestation of an institution-wide commitment to rethinking student success and building a more educated workforce.

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. (opens in a new window) is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia - helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.