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Macomb Community College recertified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream

– Thursday, February 20, 2020 1:00PM

Distinction bestowed by national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement 

Macomb Community College has been recertified as a Leader College by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a nonprofit focused on student success that leads a network of 277 community colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The honor recognizes ATD Network colleges that have lived their reform work over time and that have seen real improvements in student achievement across the institution. 

Macomb originally achieved Leader College status in 2013 and was recertified in 2016. Its 2019 recertification was announced today at the organization’s annual DREAM conference, which is currently being held in National Harbor, Maryland.

“Macomb Community College sees student success as the heart of what we do,” said Macomb Community College President James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D. “Achieving the Dream is a vital connection and resource for us and our colleagues throughout the country in advancing our knowledge and fostering the achievement of our students.”

Leader Colleges, which are certified for three-year terms, have shown progress in building institutional capacity to create a student-focused culture and strong outcomes for all students. They play an important role in accelerating adoption of effective practices within the ATD Network and across the higher education sector. Leader Colleges are recognized for the quality of their work in whole college reform, resulting in increased completion rates for all students. Leader Colleges are expected to develop innovative ways to work with other colleges to share knowledge and facilitate an exchange of ideas about evidence-based reform strategies.

“We’re proud to acknowledge the achievements of colleges in our Achieving the Dream Network,” said ATD president and CEO Karen A. Stout, Ed.D. “These new Leader Colleges represent a group that has worked extremely hard over the past few years to change the trajectory of their institutions. Their work impacts their students, communities, and the higher education sector.”

Nine other colleges joined Macomb Community College in the 2019 cohort of Leader Colleges: Chattanooga State Community College, Tenn.; Danville Area Community College, Ill.; Indian River State College, Fla.; MiraCosta College, Calif.; Oakton Community College, Ill.; Odessa College, Texas; Sinclair Community College, Ohio; Southwest Community College, Ohio; and Zane State College, Ohio.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is among the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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