DCC Joins National Student Success Initiative

June 29, 2016 – Dutchess Community College has joined a select group of community colleges in Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national reform network dedicated to improving student success. Participation in ATD, which includes more than 200 colleges, reflects DCC’s continuing efforts to implement best practices that facilitate student retention and completion, especially for historically underrepresented populations.

“DCC has excellent student outcomes when benchmarked against similar institutions, but our faculty and staff are committed to doing even more to help every student achieve success,” said Dr. Pamela R. Edington, president of the college. “As part of ATD’s newest cohort of 12 institutions from across the country, we’ll have access to coaches, data and a capacity framework that will enhance our inclusive environment, eliminate the barriers facing underserved students, reduce the achievement gap and align our programs and services for the highest impact.”

Edington added, “We know that individuals who graduate from college typically have more career options, higher incomes, increased earning power, better health and enhanced quality of life. Participation in ATD puts DCC in the center of the national conversation about completion, and will help the college provide the optimal teaching and learning environment to support all students through to graduation.”

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. It has more than 100 coaches and advisors in 34 states who help nearly four million community college students increase their chances for success.



Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.