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Achieving The Dream Celebration

April 07, 2011

St. Louis Community College will be hosting a series of celebrations for Achieving the Dream (ATD) this spring semester. The purpose of this celebration is to communicate the selected goals, to thank everyone involved with the initiative, and to communicate to everyone at the college that supporting student success is the main objective.

The dates, times and locations are as follows:

April 25 8:30-10 a.m. FV Emerson Center Lobby
April 25 2:30-3:30 p.m. WW Multipurpose Room
April 27 2:30-3:30 p.m. MC BA 105
May 5 2:30-3:30 p.m. FP AB Dining Room

ATD has provided the college with a clear and common focal point that has enabled us to focus collectively on how to move all campuses forward in improving student success. ATD offers the framework of five measureable goals, is data-informed, and requires the college to continuously review and refine its policies and practices. The past nine months have been centered on thoughtful interpretation of data related to the five goals, discussion of potential strategies, and planning for implementation of the strategies the college has identified.

Through the work associated with ATD and the college’s assessment efforts, STLCC has continued to demonstrate its capacity for a new way of doing business through continuous improvement processes. This capacity has been demonstrated through identifying issues, devising plans with measureable outcomes, implementing each plan in addition to assessing it, and determining if each plan produces the desired student learning outcomes.

As a result of extensive analysis of data related to ATD goals and discussion of ideas for improving our performance on the goals, the college has chosen to focus our efforts on the following strategies:

  • Enhance and re-envision developmental education to support learners in transitioning to college-level courses.
  • Advance college advising policies and practices. 
  • Develop and implement a common, mandatory orientation experience for new students.
  • Develop and implement a mandatory student success course for new students.

We look forward to seeing improvements as we work together as one college to implement specific activities within each of the strategies.