In 2010, Martin Community College was among eight community colleges in the nation to be selected as a "Leader College" by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a multi-year national initiative to help more community college students succeed.
Achieving the Dream institutions that have met high standards of practice and performance are recognized as "Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges." Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges have demonstrated commitment to and made progress on the four principles of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. They have also shown three years of sustained student success improvement. The organization expects these colleges to serve as mentors within the Achieving the Dream community of learners, as well as advocates for the principles of Achieving the Dream.
"Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count" is a national nonprofit organization that helps more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students. The organization works on multiple fronts — including efforts on campuses and in research, public engagement and public policy — and emphasizes the use of data to drive change. Launched as an initiative in 2004 with funding provided by Lumina Foundation for Education, Achieving the Dream is built on the belief that broad institutional change, informed by student achievement data, is critical to significantly improving student success rates. Today, Achieving the Dream’s network includes 130 institutions in 24 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 1.6 million students.
For more information about Achieving the Dream, see the official Web site: http://www.achievingthedream.org/.