CCBC Recognized as a Leader in the National Student Completion Movement
Community College of Beaver County was recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that helps 3.5 million community college students stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Community College of Beaver County, one of 23 institutions designated as a 2011 Leader College, was recognized for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators.
The 23 new Leaders Colleges are:
· Aiken Technical College (Aiken County, SC)
· Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA)
· College of the Mainland (Texas City, TX)
· Community College of Allegheny County
· Community College of Beaver County
· Community College of Philadelphia
· Community College of Vermont
· Delaware Community College
· Galveston College
· Highline Community College
(Des Moines, WA)
· Lee College (Baytown, TX)
· Montgomery County Community College
(Blue Bell, PA)
· Northern Essex Community College
· Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (Orangeburg, SC)
· Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
· Pulaski Technical College
(North Little Rock, AK)
· Renton Technical College (Renton, WA)
· Roxbury Community College
· San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX)
· Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH)
· Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, WA)
· Wayne County Community College District (Detroit, MI)
· Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, PA)
"Being selected as a Leader College, one of only 52 nationally, is great recognition for the work done by the faculty and staff to promote the success of students,” stated President Dr. Joe D. Forrester following yesterday’s announcement. “It gives us an opportunity to celebrate their success along with celebrating the success our students are achieving.”
This is the third year that Achieving the Dream has recognized Leader Colleges. Leader Colleges have demonstrated commitment to and progress on the four principles of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. They have also shown three years of sustained improvement of student success on at least one of the following measures of performance: course completion, advancement from remedial to credit-bearing courses, completion of college-level math and English courses, term-to-term and year-to-year retention, and completion of certificates or degrees. Additionally, each college has successfully implemented at least one student success intervention or initiative that is advancing student outcomes that are of sufficient scale to benefit a substantial proportion of students.
“The work of improving student success is very difficult, critically important, and urgent,” said Achieving the Dream President & CEO William Trueheart. “Community College of Beaver County has carefully analyzed student outcomes evidence and has implemented sustained positive student-centered changes. They deserve enormous recognition for their focus on equity and excellence and for their extraordinary contributions to their communities and our nation.”
Conceived in 2004 as a national initiative by Lumina Foundation for Education and eight national partner organizations, Achieving the Dream has evolved into an independent nonprofit working with 160 institutions in 30 states and the District of Columbia, helping 3.5 million students. Achieving the Dream is focused on creating a “culture of evidence” on community college campuses in which data collection and analysis drive efforts to identify problems that prevent students from succeeding—particularly low-income students and students of color—and develop programs to help students stay in school and receive a certificate or diploma or transfer to a four-year institution.
The Leader Colleges include institutions large and small, rural and urban, single campus and multi-campus that are working to address a variety of student success challenges. These colleges have identified workable solutions to issues such as enhancing the experience of first-year students, improving developmental education, closing achievement gaps, strengthening academic and personal advising for students in need of additional support, strengthening links to high schools and four-year institutions to improve student preparation, and increasing retention, persistence rates, and the number of certificate and degree recipients.
Achieving the Dream includes coaching to help colleges’ administrators, faculty, and staff lead institutional change and analyze quantitative and qualitative data. Institutions that wish to be considered a Leader College are rigorously assessed by Achieving the Dream on the five indicators of student performance. Together with the assessment of the college’s coach and data coach, a review team determines whether a college has earned the Leader College designation.
“We expect these exemplary colleges to serve as mentors within the Achieving the Dream community of learners, as well as advocates for the values, principles, and mission of Achieving the Dream,” Trueheart said. “Creating and implementing student success initiatives that have an enduring impact takes time and patience. It’s critical that we get it right and that we learn from institutions - like Community College of Beaver County - that have demonstrated success in key areas and have been able to sustain progress over time.”
About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) improving results at institutions, 2) influencing public policy, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is the largest non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. With 160 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 16 state policy teams - working throughout 30 states and the District of Columbia - Achieving the Dream helps 3.5 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams. To learn more about Achieving the Dream, visit www.AchievingtheDream.org.
Community College of Beaver County is an open door admissions institution. The College provides more than 40 programs of study, offering students the opportunity to earn associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in such areas as the arts and sciences, aviation, business, health careers, human service, and technologies as well as non-credit enrichment courses and workforce development programs for the community and surrounding areas.
CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College.