Walla Walla, Washington (June 17, 2013) – Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Walla Walla Community College is one of 13 institutions selected, this year, into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network – the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. Walla Walla Community College will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates.
“This has been a milestone year for Walla Walla Community College,” said President of Walla Walla Community College Steven VanAusdle. “We have received significant state and national attention as one of the best community colleges in the nation for our student success work and now we look forward to continuing this critical work as an active participant in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.”
“Becoming an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, diligence, and an unrelenting institution-wide commitment to student success and equity,” said William Trueheart, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Walla Walla Community College should be applauded for doing their part in the student success reform movement.”
Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2013 Cohort
- Bevill State Community College (Jasper, AL)
- Diné College (Tsaile, AZ)
- Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)
- Gwinnett Technical College (Lawrenceville, GA)
- Kern Community College District: Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso College, and Porterville College (Kern County, CA)
- Indian River State College (Ft. Pierce, FL)
- Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, IL)
- Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT)
- South Georgia Technical College (Americus, GA)
- Southeastern Technical College (Vidalia, GA)
- Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA)
To set the stage for their work, Walla Walla Community College is participating in the 2013 Kickoff Institute in Orlando, Florida during June 17-20. The Institute will provide a forum for Walla Walla Community College to work with their Leadership and Data Coaches and begin utilizing the Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement.
Walla Walla Community College will also receive a sneak preview of the Interventions Showcase at the Kickoff Institute. This unique tool, newly-created by Achieving the Dream, provides colleges a platform to explore student success interventions and to find colleges that are implementing similar strategies. Using information from the Interventions Showcase, Walla Walla Community College can connect with others within the network to exchange ideas, challenges, and findings as they relate to specific interventions.
“Over the last 10 years Achieving the Dream has collected important information about interventions that should be shared more broadly so that colleges can learn from one another,” said Nicole Melander, Achieving the Dream’s Chief Technology Officer. “We’ve worked hard to bring to our network a useful, informative tool that helps fill this void and feel confident that the benefits will be significant.”
Achieving the Dream will release more information about the Interventions Showcase and make this tool available to the general public in September 2013 to coincide with the start of the academic year.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. 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 3.8 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.