Watch the Achieving the Dream video to learn more about the program.
Leaders in each department are encouraged to engage faculty and staff members in “Courageous Conversations” to develop consensus on specific actions they will undertake to improve student success. The following questions will assist facilitators in guiding these conversations.
Achieving the Dream is a national movement to help more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. These students come to us with high hopes, but too many leave without completing the courses they take, earning certificates, or earning degrees. We want to learn what we can do as an institution to change that.
Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by:
Achieving the Dream has a set of overarching principles aimed at improving student success.
After a review of national best practices, SPC began implementing new strategic initiatives in Fall 2012. Under a larger values-based, student completion and success initiative, the College Experience was instituted through a strategic initiative communication plan for the projects entitled the 5/180 Plan. One goal of the 5/180 Plan was to ensure every staff member received the necessary training to best support the student success initiatives via a multi-tier training program entitled The College Experience Institute.
The main strategic initiatives that all address the benchmark findings include:
For the third consecutive semester, St. Petersburg College made significant gains in Spring 2014 in the success rates of its first-time-in-college students, a positive sign that the intensive efforts to expand student support are paying off.
Promoting student achievement and success at St. Petersburg College is the primary commitment of our faculty and staff members. Regular monitoring of five measures will help us demonstrate the extent to which our strategies contribute to higher levels of student success.
Successful completion of developmental courses will ensure student readiness for the rigors of academic programs and training. Increasing the rate of successful course completion will reduce the amount of time required for program completion and earlier career entry or advancement and higher levels of education.
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