Achieving the Dream

Overview

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed. The initiative is particularly concerned about student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students. Achieving the Dream works on multiple fronts, including efforts at community colleges and in research, public engagement and public policy. It emphasizes the use of data to drive change.

Community colleges enroll almost half of all U.S. undergraduate students, and the American public appreciates their commitment to providing broad access. But access alone isn’t enough. Currently fewer than half of community college students meet their educational goals. Achieving the Dream is working to help more students earn certificates or degrees that open the door to better jobs, further education, and greater opportunity.

OCCC, along with two other urban community colleges in Oklahoma, Rose State and Tulsa Community College, and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, were accepted as participants in Round Four of Achieving the Dream in 2007. Beginning that year and continuing for five years, the college will be planning and implementing a series of initiatives and strategies designed to improve success rates for at-risk, at-promise students. Periodically, we will report on our progress in this important endeavor and welcome any suggestions or feedback on how the college can help all of our students achieve their educational goals.