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BC recertified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream

BC recertified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream

Thu Aug 4, 2016

Achieving the Dream (ATD) has recertified Brazosport College as a Leader College, a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

Originally achieving Leader College status in 2010, Brazosport College was one of 17 national institutions to be recertified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. This also marks the second time Brazosport College has earned recertification.

“Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”

By earning recertification, Brazosport College has demonstrated continued commitment to the principles and values of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement and systemic institutional improvement all guided by a student-centered vision focused on equity and excellence. Further, it has continued to improve outcomes for students enrolled at their institutions.

“Brazosport College is pleased to be honored in this way,” said Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek. “We understand and value the importance of this work. As more students complete their educational goals, they are able to obtain good jobs, build better lives and give back to our community.”

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. 

This year, Achieving the Dream designated four institutions as Leader Colleges for the first time and recertified 17 Leader Colleges.

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About Brazosport College: Located in Lake Jackson, Texas, Brazosport College offers a broad range of courses and classes to address diverse educational objectives. Students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree can enroll in academic classes, as well as courses in major fields of study, which will transfer to four-year schools. Recognized twice by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top 10 community colleges, Brazosport College offers more than 75 degree and certificate options, and is one of three schools in Texas to offer a Bachelor Degree in Applied Technology. For more information about Brazosport College, visit www.brazosport.edu.

About Achieving the Dream, Inc.: Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.