Walla Walla Community College among few selected to school reform network


WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College has been selected to enter The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as a result of its strong commitment to student success and completion.

The network is a comprehensive, non-governmental reform organization for student success in higher education. Each year, the network selects a few community colleges around the United State and dedicates their time, energy, and money to further improve the institutions. WWCC was among 13 schools chosen this year.

“This has been a milestone year for Walla Walla Community College,” said WWCC President Steven VanAusdle. “We look forward to continuing this critical work as an active participant in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network.”

Walla Walla Community College will immediately begin the challenging process of closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention, persistence and completion rates.

The process got under way this week with participation in the 2013 Kickoff Institute in Orlando, Fla., where representatives of WWCC will learn how to work with their appointed leadership and data coaches in the network.

“Over the last 10 years Achieving the Dream has collected important information about interventions that should be shared more broadly so that colleges can learn from one another,” said Nicole Melander, chief technology officer for Achieving the Dream.


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