DDCC ‘Achieving the Dream’

Published 8:45 am Thursday, February 24, 2022

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Davidson-Davie Community College announced that it has been designated a Leader College of Distinction by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing community colleges as hubs of equity and mobility in their communities.
“I am very proud of the faculty and staff at Davidson-Davie for earning this distinction. It is an honor to work alongside devoted individuals who put equity in outcomes at the center of our work to improve student success,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness, president. “Having been an Achieving the Dream college for over a decade, Davidson-Davie has benefited from this partnership and our students have realized improved outcomes as a result.”
ATD created the Leader College of Distinction award in 2018 to recognize colleges that have pursued and met challenging student success goals, often earning Leader College status several times. Leader Colleges of Distinction must show improvement in three or more student outcome metrics, including at least one lagging indicator such as completion or transfer with an earned baccalaureate. Leader Colleges of Distinction are also required to show they have reduced equity gaps in at least two metrics for at least two student groups. These requirements recognize and motivate sustained and proactive reform efforts that result in greater improvements in student success and equity.
Davidson-Davie Community College is part of the ATD Network, made up of 300+ colleges committed to advancing equity and supporting student success at their institutions and throughout their communities. Davidson-Davie has been a member of the ATD Network since 2010 and has held Leader College status since 2012.