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We are proud to
say that Coastal Bend College is one of the first colleges to join Achieving
the Dream in 2004! We conducted the pilot for our Achieving the Dream
Institutional Interventions in the Fall and Spring, and we rolled it out to all
the campus sites in Fall 2005. Since then, we have continued to keep that same
commitment to improving student success and completion through Achieving the
Dream institutional interventions. We
became a Leader College in 2010 due to our efforts with Developmental Education
(DE) and it was renewed in 2013. We
continued to build on this foundation, and in Spring 2012, faculty, staff,
students, and community were asked what CBC could do to promote student
success. We did this via employee
in-service, board meetings, panel discussions, conversations, and online surveys.
A small group of CBC employees attended the High Impact Practices
Institute, sponsored by CCSSE/University of Texas/Lumina Foundation and
incorporated the principles to create the current initiative.
Our new core
team was created in 2013 to better represent the College as a whole. The team members include staff, faculty (both
academics and workforce), and administration.
These members meet regularly to contribute their specialties to the
focus of Achieving the Dream. Fresh
perspective was further attained under the leadership of our new President, who
maintains a policy of data-informed decisions.
In the process
of reaffirmation/accreditation involving a self-study focus, CBC has aligned
our self-study focus with our Achieving the Dream initiatives: mandatory
orientation, dedicated faculty advising and a student
success course (My Cougar Course).
conducted faculty surveys for Fall 2013 and student surveys for Fall 2013 and
Spring 2014 on dedicated faculty advising. We have also conducted orientation
assessments for both Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. In response to the results of
the dedicated faculty advising surveys, we have already made changes to our
advising model, which includes making the entire model available online. Based
on the assessments and the need to make students aware of our institutional
interventions, we are updating our Mandatory Orientation. Our student success course, My Cougar Course, officially starts Fall 2014 and we will collect data at that time to evaluate the course and make changes as needed.
This past year,
we continued to address the barriers that students face in the DE cycle by
eliminating the lowest level of DE Math and linking DE Reading and Writing,
thus fast tracking students out of DE and toward success in college level
courses. We have also placed an even stronger emphasis on gateway math through
participation in the New Mathways Project. Furthermore, the DE case management
has expanded to include case management through the STEM program, through
dedicated faculty advising, and through our Early Alert system. In addition,
all the different groups, organizations, and grants at CBC are working together
to bring higher quality professional development and to share resources with
Follow this link to go directly to Coastal Bend College's Achieving the Dream web page.
the Dream National Reform Network includes over 200
institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy
teams, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 34 states and the
District of Columbia to help 3.8 million community college students have a better
chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
Our collective efforts have changed the
conversation among community colleges: from valuing student access to higher
education to prizing both access and success – so that students finish what
they start and attain credentials that help them secure a job with family
We believe in the enormous potential of
community colleges to contribute to individual student success, community
well-being, and state and national economic competitiveness.
As community colleges are working toward student success, they are faced with
local, state and Federal policies which challenge acceleration and completion
Achieving the Dream mobilizes greater
support for community colleges and spotlights the importance of a comprehensive
agenda for student success and the role of community colleges in meeting the
nation’s workforce needs.
More than 200
institutions of higher education throughout 34 states and the District of
Columbia are part of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. These
institutions play a vital role in advancing the student success agenda and
helping state and national efforts to close achievement gaps and increase the
attainment of credentials and degrees.
For a list of the
participating colleges, please visit: http://achievingthedream.org/our-network/colleges
STATE POLICY TEAMS
Public policy is a
powerful force that can either help or hinder the efforts of community colleges
working to close achievement gaps and increase student success and completion.
Some of the most promising advances in student success are in states where
community college leaders and state policymakers are working as partners to
make well-informed, mutually-reinforcing reform decisions anchored in equity
State policy reform is
an integral part of Achieving the Dream. Our state policy teams identify and
promote policies that support colleges’ efforts to improve student outcomes. 15
states have participated in formal Achieving the Dream policy work.
Jobs for the Future – an Achieving the Dream Founding Partner – continues to help
implement Achieving the Dream's state policy reform efforts. Together, Achieving the Dream
and Jobs for the Future, have helped galvanize a collective of state
policymakers and influencers, investors, and collegial organizations to help
all students finish what they start.
Since 2004, 15 states
have joined and participated in formal Achieving the Dream policy work. Coastal Bend College joined in 2004! We became a Leader College in 2010!
2004 - Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia
2005 - Connecticut and Ohio
2006 - Pennsylvania and Washington
2007 - Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina
2009 - All 15 states continue their work, but
Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia focus on
developmental education through their participation in the Developmental Education Initiative
2012 - Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida,
Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and
Virginia continue policy work through the Postsecondary State Policy
2014 - All states continue their work through the
Postsecondary State Policy Network, but Ohio, Connecticut, and
Florida expand their work through the STEM Regional Collaboratives
Please visit their web page for more details: http://achievingthedream.org/our-network/state-policy-teams
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