Suffolk County Community College today announced it has joined Achieving the Dream’s (ATD) network of colleges dedicated to improving student success. Achieving the Dream acts as a catalyst to help colleges strengthen and build their capacity to ensure that more students complete post secondary education and have greater opportunity for economic success.
Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College, views being chosen as an ATD school as an opportunity for Suffolk to enhance its already substantial efforts in promoting students success. “ATD offers Suffolk support in seeking national best practices in providing every student the opportunity to transform his or her life through education. This is our mission and we always seek ways to improve what we do,” McKay said.
A team of faculty and administrators from Suffolk and 11 other colleges now joining ATD met last week to begin creating initiatives to enhance student success.
ATD will support colleges toward creating institution-wide changes initiatives that reach a majority of the college’s student body to garner strong results. Issues relating to college readiness, support for students facing barriers to educational opportunity, and moving students through to completion in a timely and fiscally responsible manner are all areas to be addressed in Suffolk’s program. Colleges are encouraged to connect deeply and dynamically to other education systems, employers and community-based organizations.
As colleges in the new cohort progress, they may apply to participate in initiatives supported by philanthropic funding and managed by ATD. These initiatives help incubate new ideas that help colleges refine practices based on evidence of what works.
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