Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization 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.
Bunker Hill Community College was chosen in 2007 to participate in the national Achieving the Dream initiative. After three years, the College achieved “Leader College” status as one of only 66 community colleges nationwide. Leader Colleges demonstrate the power of the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. To be eligible for Leader College distinction, colleges must show three or more years of improvement on one or more of these five measures:
Bunker Hill Community College’s (BHCC) teaching and learning environment has been positively impacted by its student success initiatives, but most noticeably the college’s Learning Communities have been associated with enhancing success.
In 2012, BHCC was named as one of only four community colleges nationally to earn a Gates Foundation Catalyst Fund grant to expand its Learning Communities.
In 2014, BHCC received the Leah Meyer Austin Award for its success in increasing student retention and completion. Along with this prestigious recognition, BHCC received $25,000 to support its ongoing student success work. The award honored BHCC’s focus on college-wide, data-informed decision making that has resulted in measurable increases in critical areas. The college has:
BHCC attributed its impressive gains to strategies basic to Achieving the Dream’s Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement: committed leadership, use of evidence, broad engagement, systemic institutional improvement, and equity. BHCC embraced the Achieving the Dream model to meet the needs of specific student populations, with a particular focus on the highest-need students.
The Leah Meyer Austin Award, sponsored by The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding achievement in supporting and promoting student success through the creation of a culture of evidence, continuous improvement, systemic institutional change, broad engagement of stakeholders, and equity, with particular attention to low-income students and students of color.
Learning Communities interventions are driving measurable student success rate improvements, as can be evidenced by:
BHCC is effectively using data to create institutional change that will close achievement gaps and enhance student success rates. Leadership committed to fostering a culture of evidence, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement is also driving success at BHCC as evidenced through the creation and development of a comprehensive college-wide student success agenda.
BHCC has analyzed data and success rates in developmental learning communities that lead to developmental mathematic reform, including an accelerated developmental math curriculum.
BHCC is an open-access, multi-campus, urban institution located in the Boston metropolitan area that serves the diverse educational needs of its multi-ethnic, global community.
For Fall 2012, approximately 67 percent of the college’s 14,000 students were students of color, while its international students hail from approximately 100 countries. Fifty-six percent of all students received Pell grants.
The richness of diversity both demands and invites a dedication to a dynamic educational environment that is accessible to, and fosters the success of, all ethnic and racial groups represented among BHCC students. The college offers a sound foundation in developmental studies, as well as a variety of levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.
The college’s Achieving the Dream work aims to use data to implement strategies that will help students persist, succeed, and graduate by:
Student Success Strategies - The implementation of new and improved strategies helps promote institutional change that is necessary to enhance student learning and success, the college’s number one goal.
Bunker Hill Community College is
proud to have been designated an Achieving the Dream Leader College—a recognition of accomplishment in the national effort to improve student success.
Active in Achieving the Dream
2007 – present
2011 – 2014
Bunker Hill Community College Recertified as a "Leader College" for Student Completion - 09/25/2014
Bunker Hill Community College Receives National Award from Achieving the Dream - 02/24/2014
One of Four Colleges Awarded the National Gates Foundation Achieving the Dream Catalyst Grant - 11/15/2012
Bunker Hill Community College Among "Leader Colleges" for Student Completion - 11/3/2011
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