Passaic County Community College Receives National Honor for Increasing Educational Success and Closing the Achievement Gap
Achieving The Dream Names PCCC as a 2014 Leader College
PCCC is among 16 community colleges nationwide named a 2014 Leader College by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in college, complete their education, and become more employable and economically successful.
Announced September 24, 2014 by ATD, the Leader Colleges were selected from the organization’s 200 participating colleges, for “making strides in the national movement to increase student completion and close achievement gaps.”
Dr. Steven M. Rose, president of PCCC, commented, “This is a significant honor for the College and reflects all of our hard work over the past several years.” He also commended the ATD team at the College, particularly co-chairs William Morrison, an associate dean, and Professor Nancy Silvestro, for their leadership.
ATD participants adopt the organization’s approach to educational improvement which employs data-informed decision making in order to establish policies and practices to help community college students achieve their goals,including college readiness programs, student-success courses, curriculum redesign, and intensive and individualized advising.
In granting PCCC Leader College status, ATD cited the College’s accomplishments of increasing fall-to-spring persistence rates for African American students by 10 percentage points and for increasing fall-to-spring persistence rates for all new students from 68.3% in 2008-09 to 72.7% in 2011-12.
These achievements resulted from the efforts of the ATD team at PCCC which consists of faculty, administrators, and counselors who work collaboratively with the national organization.
Based on research findings, the team’s core group identified three broad initiatives in 2011 for closing achievement gaps and increasing college completion rates at PCCC: Accurate placement of incoming students, college readiness programs, and English-language studies.
Passaic County Community College is one of four New Jersey community colleges participating in ATD, which considers community colleges a vital component in raising the quality of education throughout the country and restoring the U.S. to its position as a global leader in education and attainment of a college degree.
For more information, visit www.pccc.edu/atd.
First Posted 9-24-14 as PCCC Portal Announcement
Re-posted to HEADLINES 10-7-14