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Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count (ATD) is a bold national effort to help more community college students succeed, with a special focus on students of color and low-income students. ATD proceeds from the premise that success begets success—and that every, incremental milestone for every student can be positively affected by community college leaders and educators.

As one of the 130 participating colleges in ATD, the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges (UHCC) also seeks to create a policy environment that promotes innovation and moves more students to degrees and credentials.

Achieving the Dream in Hawai'i is a partnership of the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges, Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estates, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.



Through this initiative, we are seeking to build a culture of evidence to identify effective practices, improve student success rates and close the achievement gaps, particularly for Native Hawaiian and low-income students.

The goals of Achieving the Dream in Hawai'i are to:

  • Goal 1: 
    Increase the numbers of students, especially Native Hawaiian, low-income, and other under-served students, who successfully complete Remedial/Developmental courses and move on to and succeed in degree/certificate applicable courses.
  • Goal 2: 
    Increase the numbers of students, especially Native Hawaiian, low-income, and other under-served students, who successfully complete "gatekeeper" courses, such as introductory math and English courses.
  • Goal 3:
    Increase the numbers of students, especially Native Hawaiian, low-income, and other under-served students, who complete all courses they take, earning a grade of C or higher.
  • Goal 4: 
    Increase the numbers of students, especially Native Hawaiian, low-income, and other under-served students, who re-enroll in the Colleges from one semester to the next.
  • Goal 5: 
    Increase the numbers of students, especially Native Hawaiian, low-income, and other under-served students, who earn certificates and/or degrees.

These goals are also embedded in the University of Hawai'i Strategic Outcomes.