Achieving the Dream Coaching Grant

What Achieving the Dream Does

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a national community college reform network dedicated to helping community colleges improve the academic performance and graduation rates of their students, especially students of color and low-income students. ATD offers coaching services to its 200+ member community colleges to help them examine their internal policies, practices and institutional culture and reduce barriers to student success. ATD's efforts have a wide reaching impact, as their members include community colleges across the country. See a list of ATD's member colleges here.

How ATD is Enhancing its Coaching Service

ATD will use Great Lakes grant funds to customize their coaching approach to help them better understand where colleges are in their reform work and then more directly address specific areas for improvement. Using a new assessment tool, each college will evaluate their institutional performance according to seven essential capacities: Leadership and Vision, Data and Technology, Equity, Teaching and Learning, Engagement and Communication, Strategy and Planning, and Policies and Practices. The tool helps colleges identify their needs, allowing ATD to connect each school with solutions and coaches that will provide the right kind of help. ATD will also solicit feedback about how well ATD's coaching service is helping each college institute positive change.


Contact Senior Program Manager Sue Cui at or (608) 294-8922.

October 19, 2017

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