Achieving the Dream logoAchieving the Dream—the national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement—has seen firsthand what happens when there is a long-term, sustainable commitment to improving student success. Achievement gaps close. Momentum builds. Lives change. Neighborhoods flourish.

MDC helped conceive and was the managing partner of Achieving the Dream from its founding as an initiative in 2004 until it was incubated by MDC into a standalone nonprofit and spun-off in 2010. MDC oversaw development of a business plan for the initiative, ensured the inclusion of equity in all its programs, incubated creation of the new organization, and provides continuing support as a Founding Partner. 

Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, including MDC, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Together with our Network of over 220 institutions of higher education100 coaches and advisors, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 39 states and the District of Columbia, Achieving the Dream is helping more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

Achieving the Dream works on multiple fronts—on campuses and in research, public engagement, and public policy—and is based on the premise that to improve student success on a significant scale, colleges need to fundamentally change the way they operate. Successful institutions adhere to four principles in their institutional change work: Committed Leadership, a Culture of Evidence, Broad Engagement, and Systemic Institutional Improvement. 
 

Learnings

What We Know: Lessons From the Developmental Education Initiative

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For more information on MDC and Achieving the Dream, contact Richard E. Hart or visit Achieving the Dream.