College selected into national reform network
by Staff Reports
Jun 23, 2013 | 1410 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bevill State Community College is one of 13 institutions selected this year into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network — the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history.

Bevill State will begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence and completion rates.

“Bevill State’s participation in the Achieving the Dream initiative will be a defining moment for our college,” said Dr. Anne McNutt, president of Bevill State. “Through this initiative, the college will have the opportunity to make an impact on student success and improve not only our college community but also the communities we serve. “

“Becoming an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, diligence, and an unrelenting institution-wide commitment to student success and equity,” said William Trueheart, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Bevill State should be applauded for doing their part in the student success reform movement.”

The Achieving the Dream 2013 Cohort includes:

• Bevill State Community College (Jasper, AL)

• Diné College (Tsaile, AZ)

• Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)

• Gwinnett Technical College (Lawrenceville, GA)

• Kern Community College District: Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso College, and Porterville College (Kern County, CA)

• Indian River State College (Ft. Pierce, FL)

• Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, IL)

• Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT)

• South Georgia Technical College (Americus, GA)

• Southeastern Technical College (Vidalia, GA)

• Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA)

“We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Achieving the Dream network,” said Dr. Kim Ennis, Bevill State dean of students. “As we work to improve student success and bridge achievement gaps, our participation in Achieving the Dream will allow us to focus on challenges that students encounter and develop new initiatives and strategies that will help them achieve success.”

Bevill State will also receive a sneak preview of the Interventions Showcase at the Kickoff Institute. This unique tool, newly created by Achieving the Dream, provides colleges a platform to explore student success interventions and to find colleges that are implementing similar strategies. Using information from the Interventions Showcase, college officials can connect with others within the network to exchange ideas, challenges, and findings as they relate to specific interventions.

“Over the last 10 years Achieving the Dream has collected important information about interventions that should be shared more broadly so that colleges can learn from one another,” said Nicole Melander, Achieving the Dream’s chief technology officer. “We’ve worked hard to bring to our network a useful, informative tool that helps fill this void and feel confident that the benefits will be significant.”

Achieving the Dream will release more information about the Interventions Showcase and make this tool available to the general public in September 2013 to coincide with the start of the academic year.