TALLAHASSEEE, Fla. (May 1, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College has been recertified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream (ATD).
TCC, and 19 other institutions recertified by ATD, originally achieved Leader College status in 2009 and is part of the first cohort of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges.
The Leader College designation is granted for three-year cycles, at which point the colleges are required to submit a recertification application. These 20 colleges have all demonstrated continued commitment to the principles and values of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement all guided by a student-centered vision focused on equity and excellence. Further, they have continued to improve outcomes for students enrolled at their institutions.
“Tallahassee Community College is privileged to be among Achieving the Dream’s Leader Colleges,” said Dr. Sally Search, vice president of student affairs. “Recertification as a Leader College recognizes the work we have done to improve the success of our students and to provide leadership in support of our colleagues. It also recognizes TCC’s ongoing commitment to data-informed improvement of programs and services focused on student success and goal completion.”
Leader College recertification requires evidence of an institution’s leadership within the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.
The 20 recertified institutions have supported policies and practices central to the national mission of Achieving the Dream and we look forward to their continued leadership for student success.
About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count helps more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students. The initiative 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. Achieving the Dream was launched in 2004, with funding provided by Lumina Foundation for Education. Other organizations providing technical and other support to the colleges and states include: the American Association of Community Colleges; the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas-Austin; the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University; Jobs for the Future; MDC; MDRC; and Public Agenda. MDC is the initiative’s managing partner.