Achieving the Dream is a multi-year national initiative to help more community college students succeed. The initiative is particularly concerned about student groups that traditionally have faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students.Consequently, they risk losing the opportunity to earn a living wage. When students complete courses and earn credentials, however, they can improve their own lives, which ultimately benefits the nation.
At UH Maui College, the initiative will focus on Native Hawaiian success in partnership with the Puko’a Council, Kamehameha Schools and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Achieving the Dream was created to help more community college students succeed – complete courses, earn certificates and earn degrees. The initiative is built on the belief that broad institutional change – informed by student achievement data – is crucial to achieve this result. This initiative is directly tied to the University of Hawai’i ’s Community College Strategic Plan as part of the University of Hawai’i ’s overall system plan for all community college campuses in the state.
In 2013, the Achieving the Dream Committee morphed into what is now known as the Student Success Committee. The change was made to broaden engagement to include other campus departments and programs, grant funded projects and outreach centers in Lahaina, Hana and Molokai.