Achieving the Dream

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a nation-wide network aimed at helping community colleges bolster student success. To accomplish this, ATD uses student achievement data to influence broad institutional change.  By joining the Achieving the Dream network, DSCC has committed to a student-centered model of continuous institutional improvement and excellence. ATD serves as a catalyst for colleges to strengthen and build capacity to ensure that more students complete college and have more opportunity for economic success.

The 2018-19 academic year is considered a planning year and focuses on data collection and analysis. For more information on Achieving the Dream, please visit the official website.

Student Success Vision Statement

DSCC will provide a welcoming environment where faculty and staff are using high impact practices and wrap around services to address the diverse needs of our students, resulting in improved performance and closure of the achievement gaps.

Equity Statement

To ensure educational equity for all students, Dyersburg State Community College intentionally seeks to provide all students with the support systems they need to successfully achieve their goals for education beyond high school. As part of its equity plan, Dyersburg State Community College’s institutional leaders and staff collect and examine qualitative and quantitative data on services offered and high impact practices used in order to close equity gaps and embrace diversity.


For more information, contact the following ATD team facilitators:

Dr. Scott Cook

Facilitator, ATD Core Team

Deica Disney
Director of Institutional Research
Facilitator, ATD Data Team

Crystal Allen
Coordinator for Marketing and Public Relations
Facilitator, ATD Communications Team


Core Team

The Core Team provides strategic direction to the overall ATD-related efforts. Using data and analytics from the Data Team, the Core Team identifies, manages and implements student success initiatives that align with ATD capacity areas.

Team Members

Meeting Minutes - 11/4/2019

Meeting Minutes - 4/25/2019

Meeting Minutes - 2/1/2019

Meeting Minutes - 11/27/2018

Meeting Minutes - 11/8/2018

Data Team

The Data Team is focused on collecting, analyzing, and sharing data regarding student progression and success. This team works closely with the Core Team on the colleges’ student success efforts.


Team Members

Meeting Minutes - 11/8/2022

Meeting Minutes - 11/4/2019

Meeting Minutes - 10/30/2019

Meeting Minutes - 4/9/2019

Meeting Minutes - 3/4/2019

Data Gallery Walk Discussion Notes

Meeting Minutes - 12/4/2018

Meeting Minutes - 11/8/2018

Communications Team

The Communications Team implements and monitors the communications plan for all ATD-related efforts at the college. This includes internal communications about ATD, and communications with stakeholders about student success initiatives.

Team Members

Meeting Minutes - 11/4/2019

Meeting Minutes - 5/29/2019

Coaches Meeting Minutes - 4/29/2019

Meeting Minutes - 4/17/2019

Meeting Minutes - 2/20/2019

Meeting Minutes - 1/31/2019

Meeting Minutes - 1/23/2019

Meeting Minutes - 12/3/2018

Meeting Minutes - 11/8/2018