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Kickoff for the Achieving the Dream 2023 Cohort and the 2023 Accelerating Equitable Outcomes (AEO) Cohort 



Antelope Valley College (CA)*
Arapahoe Community College (CO)
Contra Costa College (CA)*
Harold Washington College (IL)* -- City Colleges of Chicago System
Hartnell College (CA)*
Kennedy-King College (IL)* -- City Colleges of Chicago System
Malcolm X College (IL)* -- City Colleges of Chicago System
McDowell Technical Community College (NC)
Olive-Harvey College (IL)* -- City Colleges of Chicago System
Piedmont Virginia Community College (VA)
Queensborough Community College (NY)*
San Juan College (NM)*
Wilbur Wright College (IL)* -- City Colleges of Chicago System

* AEO Initiative College

Achieving the Dream’s Kickoff Institute is designed to support institutions in building capacity for whole-community transformation through an orientation to ATD's network with an intentional focus on the foundational first year, which includes coaching, cohort relationship-building, and the role of data in action planning. 

the Dream’s Kickoff Institute is an immersive experience that welcomes new colleges into the network and prepares them to launch their ATD experience on their campuses. Colleges bring teams of at least four people central to completing the work to meet with their coaches, attend sessions and learn about ATD and student success, and network with peer cohort colleges. The Kickoff Institute prepares college teams to begin or intensify their transformation journey as part of Achieving the Dream’s Network. Attendees will begin planning for the integration and alignment of their student success work into a single cohesive effort with their ATD coaches. Teams will return to campus with a roadmap for moving forward.

ATD offers a Kickoff Preview Experience which provides college teams not currently part of a cohort the opportunity to participate in sessions on key issues around student success, work with an ATD Coach, and experience the benefits of engaging with a cohort of colleges in ATD's Network.

This year’s Kickoff will be unique -- both the 2023 Cohort and the inaugural Accelerating Equitable Outcomes Cohort
 will commence colleges' student success work with ATD. 


Through participation in the Kickoff Institute, attendees will: 

  1. Deepen their understanding of ATD’s approach to access, student success, equity, and developing economically vibrant communities. 

  1. Gain a working understanding of the initial three-year ATD experience, in order to begin to form working plans for the first year (launch ATD on campus, administer the ICAT, data collection and analysis, forming an action plan, etc.) with key target dates pinpointed. 

  1. Develop mutual understanding of team member roles, including the president, chancellor, and/or superintendent; chief academic and student affairs officers, core and data team leaders; and other team members (core, data, communication, equity, etc.) 

  1. Initiate their data analysis work by examining relevant metrics to begin identifying institutional gaps for student success and equity 

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We look forward to seeing you at the
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Kickoff Cohort, Class of 2022



June 12th, 2023
12:00 PM


June 15th, 2023
12:00 PM Central


Hyatt Regency
Milwaukee, WI 28277