Signifying a strong commitment to student success and completion, Mohawk Valley Community College is one of 12 institutions selected this year into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. MVCC was welcomed into the network today at Achieving the Dream’s DREAM 2014 conference, and will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence, and completion rates. The selection makes MVCC the first among the State University of New York’s 30 community colleges to participate in Achieving the Dream.
“We are delighted to welcome MVCC into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as we celebrate our 10th year of working to improve student success and completion rates across the country,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart. “MVCC represents a diverse group of students whose success means much more than just a personal goal secured. It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”
“Achieving the Dream is a nationwide effort to increase community college graduation rates,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., MVCC class of ’84. “As Oneida County and MVCC continue to prepare the workforce for the future this is an important next step and we are proud to take part in it.”
“Mohawk Valley Community College is proud to be the first of the community colleges in SUNY to join the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” said Dr. Randall J. VanWagoner, President of MVCC. “Just as our community is gaining statewide and even national notice for its economic momentum, our college is making the great institution-wide commitment to become a SUNY leader in student success and equity.”
Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2014 Cohort
• Calhoun Community College (AL)
• Cowley College (KS)
• Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GA)
• Grayson College (TX)
• McLennan Community College (TX)
• Mohawk Valley Community College (NY)
• North Georgia Technical College (GA)
• Savannah Technical College (GA)
• West Georgia Technical College (GA)
• West Hills College Lemoore (CA)
• West Kentucky Community & Technical College (KY)
• Western Technical College (WI)
The Achieving the Dream Model
Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on four principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success. Learn more about the Model at http://www.achievingthedream.org.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia - helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.