Phoenix College joins Achieving the Dream Network to Advance Equity and Student Success

Thursday, April 11, 2024
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Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix College is pleased to announce that it has joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national, leading higher education reform network of more than 300 community colleges nationwide.

As one of eight institutions joining the organization as part of its 2024 cohort, Phoenix College will enter into ATD’s Foundations of Transformation core engagement, an intensive three-year program. College leaders will work with ATD’s expert coaches to build essential capacities for student success, focusing on equity, data, teaching and learning, leadership, community partnerships, student supports, and more. 

"Being selected to enter the Achieving the Dream Network is a tremendous honor for Phoenix College," said Dr. Kimberly Britt, Phoenix College President. "Our students and community will reap immense rewards. In recent years, Phoenix College's retention and completion data indicates that we are making great strides in serving our students and supporting their success. We are excited to double down on our intentional work as an ATD College, and our students and community will be benefactors."  

Phoenix College, along with fellow cohort colleges and six other institutions new to the ATD Network, will convene at ATD’s Kickoff Institute, an annual event to welcome incoming Network colleges, which will be held this year from June 12 to 14 in New Orleans. The Kickoff will set the stage for the colleges’ partnerships with ATD and introduce them to the organization’s Institutional Capacity Framework, a comprehensive assessment built on essential capacities that help colleges develop a student-centered culture and enhance student success.


Phoenix College is the flagship of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Established in 1920, PC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District.  The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system,

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a partner and champion of more than 300 community colleges across the country. Drawing on expert coaches, groundbreaking programs, and national peer network, the organization provides institutions with integrated, tailored support for every aspect of their work — from foundational capacities such as leadership, data, and equity to intentional strategies for supporting students holistically, building K–12 partnerships, and more. ATD calls this Whole College Transformation. Its vision is for every college to be a catalyst for equitable, antiracist, and economically vibrant communities. ATD knows that with the right partner and the right approach, colleges can drive access, completion rates, and employment outcomes — so that all students can access life-changing learning that propels them into community-changing careers. Follow ATD on X (Twitter)Facebook, and LinkedIn. To learn more, visit the Achieving the Dream (ATD) website:

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