Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Linn-Benton Community College is one of 25 institutions selected to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.
LBCC will begin immediately to identify strategies to close achievement gaps and increase student retention, persistence, and completion rates. Achieving the Dream is the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history.
“We want all of our students to finish what they start,” said LBCC President Greg Hamann. “Our purpose is to build the economic and cultural life of our community by preparing our graduates to be contributors. Achieving the Dream will guide us to find what’s working – or not – and let us improve the ways we support our students’ completion and preparation to give back to the community.”
As an Achieving the Dream institution, LBCC will develop and implement research-based policies and practices based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of its institutional strengths, problem areas, and achievement gaps.
LBCC is committed to assessing the effectiveness of these policies and practices, institutionalizing the approaches that prove successful, and sharing the findings widely.
Through this network, LBCC will have the opportunity to learn from other Achieving the Dream institutions, and 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.
“The work of closing achievement gaps and improving student success is extremely difficult and critically important,” said Beverly Fletcher, senior director of Organizational Development and Change for Achieving the Dream. “Being an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, discipline, and a tenacious institution-wide commitment to student success and equity. LBCC should be applauded for helping tackle one of society’s most daunting challenges: success for more college students.”
Achieving the Dream 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 nearly 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia - helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
The Achieving the Dream 2012 Cohort
Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL)