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Achieving the Dream (Archive)

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is a participating college in Achieving the Dream (AtD), a national initiative aimed at helping community college students succeed.*   This initiative is designed to help more students—particularly those students that have been historically underserved in higher education—earn degrees, complete certificates, or transfer to other institutions to continue their studies.  

Achieving the Dream (AtD) is an initiative for students who have traditionally faced the most significant barriers to academic success.   Colleges that participate in Achieving the Dream build a culture that supports academic student success.

Achieving the Dream (AtD) emphasizes the use of data to inform decision making and focuses on measurable outcomes such as completion of developmental courses, semester-to-semester retention, and graduation.     As a participating community college, CNM is developing learning communities and other strategies that may contribute to students’ academic success.   Results from these actions may help the College develop and implement plans that improve learning.

Through Achieving the Dream, CNM is committed to three primary interventions that may enhance student success.

  • Promoting retention and graduation efforts
  • Integrating College Success Experience courses
  • Offering Cornerstone Learning Communities

Achieving the Dream (AtD) launched in 2004 by Lumina Foundation for Education is managed by MDRC, Inc. and supported by numerous partnering organizations.     The Foundation bases its mission on the belief that postsecondary education remains one of the most beneficial investments that individuals can make in themselves and society can make in its people.  More information, including a full list of participants and the initiative’s partner organizations, can be found at .


* CNM was a participant in the Achieving the Dream program 2004-2009