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Lessons to be learned by all: My experience with Achieving the Dream -- Community Colleges Count. Myron L. Pope, Ed. D. Vice President of Enrollment Management The University of Central Oklahoma Presented at the Higher Education Conference on Enrollment Management February 28, 2008.
Lessons to be learned by all:My experience with Achieving the Dream -- Community Colleges CountMyron L. Pope, Ed. D.Vice President of Enrollment ManagementThe University of Central OklahomaPresented at the Higher Education Conference on Enrollment ManagementFebruary 28, 2008Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count
  • Funded originally by the Lumina Foundation (original startup and subsequent on-going support)
  • 14 major partners – including AACC, MDC, CCRC, Nellie Mae, Heinz Foundation, etc.
  • Started in 2004 with 27 colleges (FL, NM, NC, TX, VA) plus coaches and data facilitators/coaches
  • 2005 – 8 colleges (CT & OH)
  • 2006 – 23 colleges (PA, WA, & TX…including 3 open admission 4-year institutions)
  • 2007 – 26 (AR, HI, MA, MI, OK, SC, TX, VA)
  • 1 development yr. & 4 implementation yrs.
  • Achieving the Dream Goals Overall
  • Efforts at participating colleges
  • Research into effective practices at community colleges
  • Public policy work
  • Outreach to the communities, businesses, and the public
  • Achieving the Dream’s Efforts to Use Data to Drive Change
  • Focuses colleges and others on understanding and using data better to improve student outcomes
  • Encourages colleges to have open dialogues about what is happening on their campuses
  • Tries to foster a culture of evidence at the colleges
  • Using Data to Drive Change cont’d
  • Encourages colleges to make every decision based upon student outcomes (from educational teaching strategies to allocation of resources)
  • Encourages institutions to:
  • Be open and forthright about current performance
  • Set measurable goals that focus on student outcomes
  • Make lasting, institutional change to achieve student outcomes
  • Achieving the Dream Goals For Students
  • successfully complete the courses they take;
  • advance from remedial to credit-bearing courses;
  • enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses;
  • enroll from one semester to the next;
  • earn degrees and/or certificates.
  • http://www.achievingthedream.org
  • Data should drive changeIIncrease your institutional research capacityDo it for (with) the team!Can we talk?? (COMMUNICATE)Don’t be afraid of the data (CQI)Go Deep (disaggregation)Avoid analysis paralysisData needs to be accessible to decision makersDo not be afraid of failure…step out on faith……try new things!.One size does NOT fit all!“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence.” Vince LombardiThank you for you time and consideration!Questions???
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