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Achieving the Dream

To help Achieving the Dream colleges work through the challenge of moving an intervention from small to large scale, Achieving the Dream asked Public Agenda to gather the best thinking about and promising practices for scaling interventions. To this end, Public Agenda conducted a multimethod study, consisting of a broad literature review, an online discussion and an in-person work group convening of diverse stakeholders, practitioners and experts in institutional transformation and higher education reform.
This guide offers recommendations and insights drawn from these sources and has been reviewed by work group participants and Achieving the Dream for content, accuracy and applicability to higher education broadly and Achieving the Dream community colleges specifically.

Achieving the Dream and Public Agenda

Prepared for the Achieving the Dream national initiative, this report identifies essential features of a system to measure the performance of state community colleges.  It also describes the essential features of state data systems to support performance measurement.

Susan Goldberger
Jobs for the Future

Community colleges can increase student success by using placement procedures to assess the academic skills of entering students so they are placed in appropriate courses. This policy brief describes the experiences of three states as they revised their placement assessment policies.

Michael Lawrence Collins
Achieving the Dream and Jobs for the Future

This issue brief describes how the 15 states participating in the Achieving the Dream initiative have concentrated their policy efforts on four key areas: Preventative Strategies, Assessment and Placement, Implementation and Evaluation of Program Innovation, and Performance Measurement and Incentives.

Michael Lawrence Collins
Jobs for the Future