Western Receives Nationwide Recognition For Student Success

Western Technical College is among six colleges nationwide being designated a Leader College by Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of colleges committed to helping students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve goals in academic success.

Several academic success rates improved for Western to achieve this honor. Course success rates improved 16 percent for African American students and 18 percent for Hispanic students from 2014 to 2017. Math success rates also improved seven percent for Asian students, nine percent for Hispanic students, and 29 percent in African American students.

“I’m very proud to recognize a new group of Achieving the Dream Network colleges that are advancing equity, offering a more impactful student experience, and achieving stronger, measurable results,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “ATD Leader Colleges’ gains in student success and progress toward improving outcomes for all students make them examples for their peers.”

“Western’s most recent strategic plan, Experience 2025, looks to improve achievement gaps among African American, Hispanic, and Native American students, and we are excited to see what we have already accomplished,” said Western President Roger Stanford. “We are so honored by this achievement, and earning this status will allow us to share best practices and learn more innovative ways we can continue to serve all students.”

Leader Colleges are eligible to compete for all grant-funded learning initiatives with ATD, provide training and support to other colleges within the ATD network, and support state and nationwide efforts to improve student success rates.