Achieving the Dream Meeting

CCC’s ATD Data Team Attend Data & Analytics Summit

Recently, members of Coahoma’s Achieving the Dream Data Team attended the fourth annual Data & Analytics Summit held in College Park, MD

The two-day event focused on advancing the institution’s student success agenda. The event boasted in-depth meetings, concurrent sessions, and a keynote address featuring the event’s theme, “Mind the data gap,” to improve all students.

CCC’s ATD Data Team Attend Data & Analytics Summit

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Mon Sep 17, 2018

Achieving the Dream MeetingRecently, members of Coahoma’s Achieving the Dream Data Team attended the fourth annual Data & Analytics Summit held in College Park, MD

The two-day event focused on advancing the institution’s student success agenda. The event boasted in-depth meetings, concurrent sessions, and a keynote address featuring the event’s theme, “Mind the data gap,” to improve all students.

Dr. Melvin Newson, special populations coordinator and ATD co-chair, was in attendance and sees the opportunity as one that will reap enormous dividends for Coahoma.

“This event focused on progressing your institution’s student success agenda by using institutional data in more impactful ways,” said Newson. “CCC will benefit from the knowledge gained from the Summit by being enlightened on new methods to utilize institutional data to make decisions that impact student success.  Additionally, CCC has a broader view of data and analytics software that is available to aid our data analysis.”

Attendees learned how to take steps toward closing a number of data gaps to benefit students success. Some of the hot topics included: the difference between student and alumni data, finding out how alumni data suggest new ways to describe the value of a community college degree, and pushing the conversation beyond completing a degree and much more.

Margaret Dixon, director of Research, Assessment and Strategic Initiatives/Accreditation Liaison and ATD co-chair, is excited about the knowledge the group gained and hopes to bring new ideas back to the Coahoma campus.

“Coahoma will benefit from this conference by way of the attendees gaining knowledge on the use of and how to create a data-informed culture on campus,” said Dixon. “The exciting aspect connected to this trip is the newly engaged conversations about the use of data. ATD provides guiding principles and exposure to opportunities to help the institution develop best practices for increasing student success.

Achieving the Dream MeetingEarlier this year, the Woodward Hines Education Foundation awarded Coahoma Community College a grant to participate in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) network. The Achieving the Dream network, an initiative devoted to achieving success among community college students, has a layout of ideas to strengthen problem areas in the higher education realm. ATD hopes to target aspects including leadership, teaching, learning, and technology.

ATD will also offer Coahoma Community College and the other colleges in its 2018 cohort access to a capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment that allows them to pinpoint strengths and areas for improvement across seven institutional capacities in areas such as leadership and vision, teaching and learning, and data and technology. With the capacity framework as a guide, ATD helps colleges integrate and align any existing student success efforts with bold, holistic, institution-wide changes that research suggests can help more students succeed.

“The network includes numerous institutions that have excelled over the last several years utilizing the ATD imitative.  ATD also provides webinars, conferences, coaches, software developers and a number of other resources that affords an institution the opportunity to bolster areas within that institution that need improving,” Newson added. 

Achieving the Dream MeetingCCC began this process in June to launch their four-year ATD-experience. The teams will meet with their ATD coaches and learn a process for gathering and analyzing multiple data sources that help them better understand the student experience, prioritize resources and strategies, and monitor and evaluate impact. By sharing their data widely, among faculty and staff, colleges can drive transformation throughout the institution.

Other members of the attending ATD Data team included: Dr. Rolonda Brown – dean of the Division of Academic Affairs, Dr. Stacey Jones – science instructor, and Amy Steele - programmer analysis.