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Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream is dedicated to making the student success agenda a priority at community colleges and with state and national policymakers and stakeholders.

To create and implement student success strategies, Achieving the Dream provides:

  • On-campus coaching with faculty, staff and leadership
  • Assistance with data collection and analysis
  • Access to information on innovative and successful practices
  • Networking opportunities and resources to address barriers
  • Guidance on engaging the college and community in supporting student success

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Founded in 1920, the American Association of Community Colleges has, over four decades, become the leading proponent and the national "voice for community colleges." The association was conceived when a group of presidents representing public and independent junior colleges met in St. Louis, Missouri, for a meeting called by the U.S. commissioner of education.  Originally named the American Association of Junior Colleges (AAJC), the association was to function as a forum for the nation's two-year colleges.

AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information and strategic outreach to business and industry and the national news media.  Its efforts are focused in five strategic actions areas:

  • Recognition and Advocacy for Community Colleges
  • Student Access, Learning and Success
  • Community College Leadership Development
  • Economic and Workforce Development
  • Global and Intercultural Education

Governed by a 32-member board of directors elected by the membership, AACC is a nonprofit organization whose overriding mission is to "Build a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges."

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
The Association of Community College Trustees is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

These community professionals, business officials, public policy leaders, and leading citizens offer their time and talent to serve on the governing boards of this century's most innovative higher education institutions-community, junior, and technical colleges-and make decisions that affect more than 1,200 colleges and over 11 million students annually.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Texas Students Could Be Required to Seek Off-Campus Learning Options
A Texas higher-education panel is recommending that students be required to complete at least 10 percent of their degrees outside the classroom, through options like online courses.

Community College Research Center
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) is the leading independent authority on the nation’s more than 1,200 two-year colleges. Since our inception, CCRC’s consortium of researchers has strategically assessed the problems and performances of community colleges. Our mission is to conduct research on the major issues affecting community colleges in the United States and to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes success for all students. CCRC’s extensive body of research provides a strong foundation on which to build new policies and initiatives to improve the outcomes of these institutions so integral to the higher education system, employment landscape, and national economy.

Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
The Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges. For the latest news and information about career and technical education and adult education, see the “OVAE Connection newsletter.”

Excelencia in Education
By the year 2025, nearly one-quarter of the nation’s college-age population will be Latino, but not enough are earning college and university degrees. To ensure the high caliber of tomorrow’s workforce and civic leadership, Excelencia in Education links research, policy, and practice to inform policymakers and institutional leaders who in turn promote policies and practices that support higher educational achievement for Latino and all students.

The Graduation Gap
Two Education Trust reports highlight colleges with the largest and smallest gaps in graduation African-American and Hispanic students within six years. Nationally, 60 percent of whites but only 49 percent of Latinos and 40 percent of African Americans who start college hold bachelor's degrees six years later, Education Trust reports. At Wayne State University in Detroit, for example, fewer than one in ten African Americans graduate within six years. For white students at Wayne State, the success rate is more than four times higher. The success rate among Hispanic students attending City University of New York's Brooklyn College is 34 percent, compared with a 53 percent graduation rate for white students. Colleges that have eliminated graduation gaps include: Old Dominion University in Virginia, where blacks typically graduate at the same rates as white students; Florida International University, where Hispanic students are more likely to graduate than whites; University of California, Riverside, which graduates black (67 percent), Latino (63 percent) and white (62 percent) students; University of North Carolina-Greensboro, which graduates 56 percent of African-American students and 51 percent of white students. The article is in Community College Spotlight.

Institute for Higher Education Policy
The mission of the Institute for Higher Education Policy is to increase access and success in postsecondary education around the world through unique research and innovative programs that inform key decision makers who shape public policy and support economic and social development.

Lumina Foundation for Education
Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. Lumina is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. In fact, we are the nation's largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students' access to and success in postsecondary education. Our goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025.

National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP)
The National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs promotes the community college role in the recruitment, preparation, retention, and renewal of diverse PreK-12 teachers and advances quality teacher education programs in the community college.

Nevada Education Reform Blue Ribbon Task Force
On March 15, 2010, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons signed an Executive Order forming the Nevada Education Reform Blue Ribbon Task Force to guide and oversee Nevada’s Race to the Top application and to facilitate public and private discussion and consensus for overall reform of public education for Nevada’s children. The primary directive of the task force is to ensure a successful state application for the Race to the Top competition and to review Nevada’s education infrastructure and recommend long-term K-12 and higher education reform designed to improve student achievement.

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
On Oct. 12, 2001, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13230, creating the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. In the same executive order, the president designated the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans (White House Initiative) as the office that would provide staff support and assistance to the commission in its charge to examine the underlying causes of the existing education achievement gap between Hispanic American students and their peers.