San Jacinto College recertified as Achieving the Dream Leader College
09.29.2014 | By Amanda Booren
PASADENA, Texas – For its commitment to improving student success and equity, and demonstrating measurable gains on important student success metrics, San Jacinto College has been recertified as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, the organization announced this week.
Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation in three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo the recertification process to maintain Leader College status. Since 2009, Achieving the Dream has granted Leader College status to a total of 79 Achieving the Dream institutions nationwide.
“We were able to achieve this because of the leadership, alignment, and focus that is occurring throughout San Jacinto College,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “The work is not always easy, but our faculty, staff, and administration have immense tenacity and dedication in continuing to drive our student success agenda. Our Achieving the Dream initiatives help San Jacinto College to reinforce our strategic goal of student success by finding ways to empower students to explore, define, and reach their education and career goals.”
Through the course of its participation in Achieving the Dream, San Jacinto College has increased Fall-to-Fall persistence rates from 73 percent in 2007 to nearly 79 percent in Fall 2013. This improvement is a direct result of initiatives put in place by San Jacinto College such as mandatory new student orientation; no late registration; a student success course; and the Men of Honor program, which helps increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates among African American male students at San Jacinto College. In addition, more than 5,000 students graduated from San Jacinto College this past May for the first time in school history.
Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by the Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream now leads the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Together with a network of more than 200 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia, Achieving the Dream is helping nearly four million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams. Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges demonstrate commitment to, and progress on, the four principles of Achieving the Dream: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement and systematic institutional improvement. Leader Colleges embody the goal of Achieving the Dream: lasting change that helps more students achieve their goals.
About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.