Jackson College again recognized as national Leader College by Achieving the Dream

February 23, 2022

Working to help more students complete a college education, Jackson College has again been awarded Leader College status by Achieving the Dream, the national reform movement focusing on higher education.

Jackson College uses data to inform policy and practice to help students achieve their goals. Knowing the data results in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation. This is a renewal of Leader College status for Jackson College; it was first recognized in 2014 and has been part of ATD since 2007.

Leader Colleges play an important role in accelerating the adoption of effective practices within the ATD Network and across higher education. They are recognized for the quality of their work in whole-college reform, resulting in increased completion rates for all students. Leader Colleges develop innovative ways to work with other colleges to share knowledge and exchange ideas about evidence-based reform strategies.

“I am most grateful that the national Achieving the Dream organization has recognized Jackson College and our outstanding employees for our hard work in advancing an equity-focused approach to ensuring and advancing student success,” said Dr. Daniel Phelan, Jackson College president. “Our Total Commitment to Student Success (TCS2) continues to be the principal driver in all we do in the love, care, and service of others. I am likewise grateful for the leadership of our Board of Trustees for their steadfast vision of a high quality and accessible post-secondary education for all.”

Success Initiatives

A highlight of Jackson College’s success, the Fall-to-Fall persistence in reporting years Fall 2016 through Fall 2019 saw increases for these groups:

  • Male students 6%
  • Black students 16%
  • Pell-receiving students 5%
  • Non-traditional aged students 10%

Jackson College has adopted many initiatives and strategies to improve student persistence, retention and completion, including:

  • seven-week classes that help students focus on and complete college credit in less time;
  • guided pathways which provide a clear path to a credential;
  • more student success navigators to guide students throughout their journey,
  • freshman year course, Seminar in Life Pathways, to help all students develop skills and behaviors for success in college and career, and
  • a co-requisite model for foundational education, enrolling in both a foundation studies course and a college-level class in the same semester, to help increase students’ ability to take gateway English and math courses in their first year.