Achieving the Dream is BC’s opportunity to refocus efforts on improving student success. Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a network of more than 200 colleges, each committed to seeing all students fulfill their higher education dreams. ATD provides a framework for guiding institutional change and nurturing a culture focused on student success. Rather than impose new initiatives, ATD coordinates existing efforts to improve implementation and facilitate data-informed decision-making using equity as a guiding principle. ATD provides a framework to recognize and eliminate systemic barriers to student success.
Why did we join the ATD network?
Prior to ATD, BC had dozens of student success pilots all operating independently and not evaluated for impact.
BC needed a systematic, cohesive, institution wide student success agenda.
In 2017, with approval from governance councils, we joined the ATD network and began work to use the Guided Pathways model. Included in membership of the network are external coaches and discounts to the DREAM conference every year, where we can learn what other colleges are doing to successfully implement the institutional change needed to ensure ALL students succeed.
Guided Pathways is an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success which helps students choose and stay on an educational path. By helping students make more informed choices about what courses to take, BC Pathways will help close our equity gaps, create a more intentional experience for students, and give them the support they need to achieve their academic and career goals.
We identified three strategies that would have the greatest impact on student success, particularly for underrepresented students in higher education. We have developed work groups around these strategies:
Integrated Student Supports (ISS) coordinates and systematizes student support efforts campus-wide to help students choose their education and career plan, and stick with their plan until they finish.
BC Pathways is developing the pathways students will take.
An effective Faculty Professional Development program will ensure our students are taught by skilled instructors who are equipped with effective research-based tools to help close equity gaps.
Last Updated January 12, 2021