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CPTC Holds College-Wide Achieving the Dream Kickoff Event

August 17, 2015 01:10 PM
 

Achieving the Dream coaches meet with faculty and staff to facilitate college’s ATD plan

Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC), a 2015 Achieving the Dream (ATD) college participant, kicked off its ATD initiative August 3 in Jesup during a professional development day. Two Achieving the Dream leaders, professional coaches assigned to the college to facilitate the ATD process, helped the College kickoff the three-year study signifying the college’s commitment to student success and college completion.  Achieving the Dream is the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. 

According to CPTC President, Dr. Glenn Deibert, educational organizations selected to participate in Achieving the Dream are supported with professional coaches who help guide and mentor the college through the entire process. Deibert, along with four other CPTC staff, attended the 2015 ATD Kickoff Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, last June.

As part of the kickoff, faculty, staff, and administrators met with ATD coaches to learn more about the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. Dr. John Brockman, former college president of Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas, is serving as the ATD Leadership Coach for Coastal Pines Technical College; and Dr. Rene Garcia, the Director of Enrollment Management at Miami Dade College, is the College’s ATD Data Coach.

Dr. Brockman and Dr. Garcia met with Dr. Deibert and the CPTC senior staff, participated in the college-wide faculty and staff training, met with the College’s leadership and data teams, and toured the college campus during the two-day visit to Coastal Pines Technical College last week.

During his address to faculty and staff, Dr. Brockman commended CPTC, “Becoming an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, diligence, and an unrelenting institution-wide commitment to student success. Coastal Pines Technical College is to be applauded for doing their part in the student success reform movement.”

Coastal Pines Technical College, a member of the 2015 Achieving the Dream Cohort, has begun the groundwork to identify strategies to close achievement gaps and increase student retention, persistence, and completion rates as part of the Achieving the Dream work plan.

“We thank Dr. Brockman and Dr. Garcia for joining us for our convocation and kickoff of ATD,” said CPTC President Glenn Deibert.  “By participating in Achieving the Dream, Coastal Pines Technical College will become a stronger institution.  Achieving the Dream provides the College invaluable assistance with extracting and analyzing data over this three year period that is critical to make informed decisions about student learning outcomes, program needs and success for the future,” explained Deibert. 

The 2015 cohort represents the first colleges in the Network to begin using the new Institutional Improvement Model to advance student success.  The Model, composed of the Institutional Capacity Framework and the Continuous Improvement Cycle, provides practical guidelines for maintaining focus on students’ needs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream coaches offer customized support, and numerous peer learning opportunities to accelerate the adoption and adaptation of evidence-based, high impact practices. Learn more about the Model by visiting 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 3.8 million  community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

 

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