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Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream


"Community colleges are at the forefront of the national college completion movement. To be successful, colleges must relentlessly focus on using student data and evidence to make important decisions that will have positive outcomes on students, campuses, and communities."

— William Trueheart, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream

Joining the Team

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Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Edmonds College has joined Achieving the Dream, a national initiative that helps more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students. Achieving the Dream works on multiple fronts — including efforts on campuses and in research, public engagement, and public policy — and emphasizes the use of data to drive change.

Edmonds College is working to identify strategies for improving student success, closing achievement gaps, and increasing retention, persistence, and completion rates. The goal is to help more students earn postsecondary credentials, including occupational certificates and degrees.

See the other Achieving the Dream colleges in Washington state.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count

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Launched as an initiative in 2004 with funding provided by Lumina Foundation for Education, Achieving the Dream is built on the belief that broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data, is critical to significantly improving student success rates.

Today, Achieving the Dream’s network includes 160 institutions in 30 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 2 million students.