Achieving the Dream

About the Achieving the Dream Network

Founded in 2004 with support from the Lumina Foundation, Achieving the Dream is a national network of 200+ colleges working towards the transformation of the way in which students experience their community college education, with the goal of increasing student completion and success. The vision of the organization, as reported on its website, is “to lead the most comprehensive, evidence-based reform movement for community college student success in higher education history, resulting in significantly improved lives and greater global economic competitiveness for the United States.” With a heavy focus on evidence-based learning and decision-making across the network, the organization helps member colleges expand their data capacity with the assistance of highly trained and experienced coaches and advisors who have led successful careers in the community college field. 

In New Jersey, the following colleges are represented in the Achieving the Dream network:


  • Atlantic Cape Community College

  • Bergen Community College

  • Cumberland County College

  • Passaic County Community College

  • Raritan Valley Community College (alumni status)

New Jersey’s Achieving the Dream Data Summit

On their own initiative, and with support from the Center for Student Success, New Jersey’s Achieving the Dream colleges convene on an annual basis for a sharing of best practices at their NJ AtD Data Summit. The meeting is not limited to Achieving the Dream colleges, as all colleges are invited to send representatives. The first meeting, hosted by Passaic County Community College, was held in July 2014. To keep the conversation going, Cumberland County College held the second annual meeting in July 2015. What follows are links to the presentations that were shared at the 2nd Annual NJ Achieving the Dream Data Summit:

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