Cumberland County College Awarded Achieving the Dream Leader College Status

VINELAND – Achieving the Dream announced that Cumberland County College earned the Leader College distinction.
This is a national designation awarded nationally to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps. Cumberland County College has shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole.
“This is a major distinction for our college,” said Dr. Shelly Schneider, Cumberland County College Interim President. “It validates the dedication so many of Cumberland’s faculty and staff have made to the success of our students. This represents some remarkable work by a group of talented professionals.”
With the guidance of Achieving the Dream Coaches, colleges not only systemically change the way they operate, but also implement key student supports that align with their overall policies and institutional systems, such as college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student-success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, and intensive, individualized advising.
“Becoming a Leader College is very powerful and affirms the exceptional work and commitment of faculty and staff to their students' success," said Cindy Lenhart, Achieving the Dream Vice President for Community College Relations. “Cumberland County College is using evidence to make informed decisions that lead to significant institutional change."
Achieving the Dream grants Leader College designation for three-year cycles. After three years, institutions must undergo a recertification process to maintain Leader College status.
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