Achieving the Dream named CCV a Leader College on September 27, 2011, adding it to a list of just 52 ATD Leader Colleges nationwide. ATD Leader Colleges have demonstrated measurable gains on important student success metrics over a three-year period. (http://www.achievingthedream.org/CAMPuSSTRATEGIES/LEADERCOLLEGE/default.tp)
CCV was noted for committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. The College has increased first year fall-to-fall retention rates for first-time-in-college students from 38 percent in 2006 to 41 percent in 2009, primarily through the Dimensions course, a required first semester seminar that helps students build strong information literacy and critical thinking skills, teaches them how to engage in the academic community, and provides a space for goal-setting and reflection. Dimensions has been scaled to reach six percent of all students and 35 percent of first-time- in-college students. First semester students may take either Dimensions of Work or Dimensions of Freedom.
“Students enter college with a lot of fear and a lack of self-confidence about whether or not they can be successful,” says CCV President Joyce Judy. “The focus of our efforts with Achieving the Dream is helping new students address these and other issues that interfere with their academic success.”