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    Achieving the Dream     

    3.8 MILLION

    community college students




         200+          35         15

         COLLEGES                                          STATES                                State Policy

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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).

    We have 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 one another.

    Follow this link to go directly to Coastal Bend College's Achieving the Dream web page.


    The Achieving 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 sustaining wages.

    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 strategies.

    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


    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 and excellence.

    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 Network 

    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



          STATE POLICY      


    Please visit their web page for more details:  http://achievingthedream.org/our-network/state-policy-teams



    College Readiness                               Community Engagement                                  Culture of Evidence & Inquiry

    Equity                                                    Faculty & Staff Engagement                            Financial Literacy

    Institutional Change                           Knowledge Sharing                                             Scaling Change

    State Policy Reform                            Student-Centered Supports                               Technology in Education  

    Visionary Leadership                          Workforce Preparation