2019 Cohort

Seventeen colleges from eight states strengthened their commitment to improving student success by becoming part of the 2019 cohort of new ATD Network colleges. The 2019 cohort included eight community colleges from Connecticut, bringing all 12 institutions from the state into the ATD Network.

Seventeen colleges from eight states strengthened their commitment to improving student success by becoming part of the 2019 cohort of new ATD Network colleges. The 2019 cohort included eight community colleges from Connecticut, bringing all 12 institutions from the state into the ATD Network. The 2019 cohort joins 20 colleges from the 2018 cohort, and marks consecutive years when entire state systems have supported their community colleges in joining Achieving the Dream. In 2018, eight colleges from the state of Tennessee joined the ATD Network in addition to colleges from another ten states.

The 2019 cohort gathered for the Kickoff Institute in Phoenix in June, where college presidents and top administrators from each institution spent three days learning more about ATD’s approach. A new first-year curriculum focused on early momentum metrics, a leading indicator of student success, and teams were given more time to meet together, diving into institutional data around early momentum metrics, and to strategize with ATD coaches about how to launch their student success work in the fall. Workshops covered topics such as leading transformative change, having courageous conversations, including the student voice in ATD work, and effectively communicating about the work of ATD to the entire campus community.

In her remarks to the cohort, Achieving the Dream President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout reiterated the ATD’s commitment to equitable outcomes for students in all of its institutions.

Throughout the week, presidents of colleges new to the Network reinforced the urgency of this work and reflected the importance of equitable student success. Leaders also consistently cited data use and disaggregation, holistic student supports, and coaching as key drivers for joining the ATD Network. "We thought we needed a platform, and Achieving the Dream really answered that,” shared Dr. Eddie Tealer, president of Eastfield College (TX). “A framework with coaches to look into data and leadership will give a nice start to putting the college on an even playing field."

Shortly after Kickoff, teams participated in their first monthly webinar, another new component of the first-year experience. These webinars support colleges in key areas like data disaggregation, using cross-functional teams, effective roll-out of the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool, and developing a student success action plan.