Achieving the Dream Official Brand

What It Is

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is an evidence-based, student-centered non-profit network that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college degree or certificate.

Achieving the Dream will provide North Central Texas College with a framework, process, and supports that enable planning for and implementing scaled, holistic and sustainable solutions leading to student success.

Together with institutions of higher education, primarily community colleges, ATD changed the conversation from valuing student access to higher education to prizing access and success for all students.

What it Means for NCTC

  • Creates data points to drive discussion and decisions
  • Creates clear, concise and systematic data resources to inform decision makers
  • Adopts an effective student success framework that involves everyone
  • Adopts/expands innovative instructional methods and best practices when reviewing data points
  • The first year is a planning year!


A nation in which community colleges are highly valued for preserving access and ensuring that their students, especially low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.


To lead and support a national network of community colleges to achieve sustainable institutional transformation through sharing knowledge, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies leading to improved outcomes for all students.


To help all students-particularly the most underserved-realize substantial value from their postsecondary experience and their earned credentials, thereby strengthening their communities.

“NCTC is committed to institutional excellence through student success, and we are thrilled to begin the journey of increasing our data capacity and growing effective services and programs to insure student achievement through our work with Achieving the Dream!”
Dr. Brent Wallace, Chancellor, North Central Texas College

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