Roxbury Community College has been a member of Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count since 2007. RCC is now an Achieving the Dream Leader College.
Goals of Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream is a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed. The initiative is particularly concerned about student groups that have traditionally faced the most significant barriers to success, including low income students and students of color.
Participating institutions maintain high enrollment levels for these students while working to increase the percentage who complete coursework, advance through programs, and earn certificates and degrees.
Each institution identifies student populations that currently experience low rates of success, develops interventions to improve student outcomes, and measures changes in student success.
To gauge the impact of the initiative as a whole, all institutions document over time the percentage of low income students and students of color who accomplish the following:
- successfully complete developmental courses and progress to credit bearing courses;
- enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses;
- complete the courses they take with a grade of C or higher;
- re-enroll from one semester to the next; and
- earn certificates and degrees.
Ultimately, the initiative seeks to help more students achieve their individual goals, which may include obtaining a better job, earning a community college certificate or degree and/or attaining a bachelor’s degree.