BC earns recertification from Achieving the Dream

BC earns recertification from Achieving the Dream

Wed Nov 20, 2013

Brazosport College recently earned recertification as a Leader College by the nationally-known reform network for student success, Achieving The Dream, Inc.

Originally achieving Leader College status in 2010, Brazosport College was one of eight national institutions to be recertified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The Leader College designation is granted for three-year cycles, at which point colleges are required to submit a recertification application.

By earning recertification, Brazosport College has 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, it has continued to improve outcomes for students enrolled at their institutions.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Achieving the Dream as a continued leader in the student completion movement,” said Lynda Villanueva, Brazosport College Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs. “This honor reflects Brazosport College’s commitment to a growing student success agenda and the collective efforts of our Board, faculty and staff to support student success. We look forward to our continued work as a partnering institution of the Achieving the Dream network.”

Also awarded recertification were Martin Community College (North Carolina), Alamo Colleges (Texas), Northampton Community College (Pennsylvania), Capital Community College and Norwalk Community College (Connecticut), Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia) and Yakima Valley Community College (Washington).

“Leader College recertification requires evidence of an institution’s leadership within the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” Achieving the Dream Senior Vice President Carol Lincoln said in a statement. “The eight 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.”

Achieving the Dream is a national, nonprofit organization 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 guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, influencing public policy, generating knowledge and engaging the public.

Conceived as an initiative in 2004, Achieving the Dream leads the most comprehensive, non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With more than 200 colleges, 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams — working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia — Achieving the Dream helps 3.8 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

For more information about Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu. To learn more about Achieving the Dream, Inc., visit www.achievingthedream.org.