College of the Mainland Attains Leader College Status

Posted on: September 29, 2011

College of the Mainland has been awarded Leader College status by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national nonprofit organization that assists colleges and universities help students stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. COM, one of 23 colleges designated as a 2011 Leader College, was recognized for raising graduation rates, closing achievement gaps and changing lives. COM joins more than 50 other ATD Institutions in the nation that have achieved Leader College status.

COM has been a member of ATD for the past five years and has been striving to improve student success rates through advising and providing more effective developmental education, and was awarded leader college status by attaining three years of sustained student success improvement. “I am thrilled to see our attention to student success highlighted in such a positive way,” said Dr. Amy Locklear, Vice President for Instruction, “We are committed to the principles of ATD and look forward to many years of continued efforts to help our students succeed.”

Since joining ATD, COM’s student success rates in developmental education courses have increased considerably. COM has developed a student success course and made it a pre- or co-requisite for students in developmental math, reading or English courses. Since implementing ATD strategies like this one, the college has seen steady increases in the percentage of students successfully completing developmental courses.

ATD Leader Colleges have demonstrated commitment to and made progress on the four principles of ATD: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. “College of the Mainland can be very proud of the fact that we have earned designation as an ATD Leader College.  This honor is based on particular selection criteria focused on the institution’s commitment to student success, and I think it is a tribute to our students, and to the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to serve our students effectively,” Pam Millsap, Ph.D. Co-Director, ATD.

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