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Achieving the Dream 2024 Kickoff Institute



Arkansas State University-Newport (AR)
Chippewa Valley Technical College (WI)
Clovis Community College (CA)
Coconino Community College (AZ)
East Central College (MO)
Eastern Shore Community College (VA)
Frederick Community College (MD)
Howard Community College (MD)
Isothermal Community College (NC)
Madera Community College (CA)
Midland College (TX)
Phoenix College (AZ)
Riverland Community College (MN)
Waubonsee Community College (IL)
Wor-Wic Community College (MD)


Tidewater Community College (VA)

Achieving the Dream’s 2024 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 incorporating data in action planning.  


Register today for the Kickoff Institute to be held June 12–14, 2024, at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Achieving the Dream’s 2024 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, 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.

The Kickoff Institute includes two and a half days of in-person learning.

Wednesday, June 12: Open session, collaborative peer learning, and welcome reception
Thursday, June 13: In-person sessions and collaborative peer learning
Friday, June 14: In-person sessions and collaborative peer learning


Sessions at the Kickoff Institute will center on multiple learning outcomes. Participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of ATD’s approach to access, student success, equity, and the development of economically vibrant communities.
  • Gain a working understanding of the initial three-year ATD experience and begin to form working plans for the first year (to launch ATD on campus, administer the ICAT, collect and analyze data, form an action plan, etc.) with key target dates pinpointed.
  • 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.)
  • Initiate their data analysis work by examining relevant metrics to begin identifying institutional gaps for student success and equity.
Registration Fees
Each college attending Kickoff receives four registrations. Registration is $650 for In-Network and $800 Out-of-Network per person. Each additional registration is $650 per person for each In-Network college. For Kickoff's "Preview Experience" teams, additional registrations are $800 per person. You may refer to the FAQs page for additional information.

Who should attend Kickoff?
Colleges are highly encouraged to bring the following Core Team members:

  • College President*
  • Chief Academic Officer*
  • Chief Student Affairs Officer*
  • Director of Institutional Research*
  • Deans
  • Faculty
  • DEI Officer (or equivalent position)
  • Director of Teaching Excellence (or equivalent position)
  • Instructional Faculty (math/English, general education)
  • Student Affairs Staff
  • Additional IR/IE Staff
  • Public Information Officer (or equivalent position)
  • Chief Information Officer (or equivalent position)
*Including people in these roles as part of the Core Team is suggested but not required.
The 2024 Cohort and AEO Cohort

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Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ATD meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by ATD and other third parties, including, but not limited to, the venue, the host city, and the host partner.
By registering for this event, you agree to receive messages for future events from Achieving the Dream.
Cancellations received after Tuesday, May 28, 2024, are subject to a $150 administrative fee. Substitution requests may be submitted in writing to events@achievingthedream.org by Tuesday, June 4, 2024 and will be confirmed via return email. 
Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a partner and champion of more than 300 community colleges across the country. Drawing on our expert coaches, groundbreaking programs, and national peer network, we provide institutions with integrated, tailored support for every aspect of their work — from foundational capacities such as leadership, data, and equity to intentional strategies for supporting students holistically, building K–12 partnerships, and more. We call this Whole College Transformation. Our vision is for every college to be a catalyst for equitable, antiracist, and economically vibrant communities. We know that with the right partner and the right approach, colleges can drive access, completion rates, and employment outcomes — so that all students can access life-changing learning that propels them into community-changing careers.
We look forward to seeing you at the
Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For more information, see the list of FAQs here.


June 11th, 2024
01:00 PM


June 14th, 2024
12:00 PM Central


Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, LA 70130