Tarrant County College is one of only 17 colleges re-certified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, according to school officials.
ATD Leader College designation is a national honor awarded to institutions in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Network that have continued to show steady improvement in outcomes that measure student success beyond an initial three-year period.
“Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said ATD president-CEO Karen A. Stout, Ed.D., commenting in a news release.
“Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”
ATD honored TCC for making strides in Hispanic students’ completion rates in entry-level college English courses to 76.5 percent in fall 2012, up by 2.4 percent from 74.1 in fall 2009. Additionally, the district has shown a steady and consistent increase in credential attainment among Hispanic students during the last four years to 12.4 percent, up from 10.6 percent, with noteworthy gains of 10.8 percent and 11 percent in the second and third years.
“As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, TCC continues to excel in helping our students achieve their visions for success,” said TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, Ed.D. “The myriad interventions the College has implemented since first joining the Achieving the Dream network clearly have worked for our students, and I credit the ongoing commitment of our faculty and staff for achieving Leader College recertification.”
Giovannini explained that TCC’s interventions included supplementary instruction, campus writing labs and early intervention by instructors. TCC’s results also were augmented by its Graduation Outreach Program, case management advising professionals and professional development and awareness workshops.
Leader Colleges are eligible to compete for all grant-funded learning initiatives offered by ATD and are encouraged to provide leadership and support to other colleges in the ATD network, disseminate lessons learned, support state and national efforts to advance the student success agenda, and continue to improve student outcomes.
Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain Leader College status.