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Fourteen community colleges have recently attained the “Leader College” distinction from Achieving the Dream (ATD), joining more than 50 other two-year colleges recognized for raising persistence and completion rates and closing achievement gaps.
Each of the colleges approaches student success differently, but with the guidance of the ATD model and its coaches, they all implement data-informed programs and policies to build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success, according to ATD. Successful efforts across many of the Leaders Colleges include college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign and intensive and individualized advising.
The following are examples from the new Leader Colleges on their efforts:
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