ATD Institutional Designations
2024 ATD Institutional Designations
Each year, ATD honors Network colleges whose commitment to equitable outcomes has driven substantive improvements for students and their communities. Achieving the Dream’s national college leadership designations will be announced in February at DREAM 2024 in Orlando, Florida.
The designations are Leader College, Leader College of Distinction, and the Leah Meyer Austin Award.
Leader College status indicates that every person affiliated with an institution is committed to ensuring access, belonging, and success for all its students. Leader College terms are three years long, after which institutions are eligible to apply for recertification.
Leader College of Distinction report rigorous metrics demonstrating sustained improvements in student outcomes and reduced equity gaps. Leader College of Distinction terms are three years long, after which institutions are eligible to apply for recertification.
Leah Meyer Austin Award is the highest distinction a college in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network can earn. The award annually recognizes an ATD Network institution that has demonstrated outstanding progress in designing a student-focused culture that permeates the whole organization.
August 23, 2023
September 14, 2023
ATD Institutional Designation Office Hour #1; recordings will be made available
October 10, 2023
ATD Institutional Designation Office Hour #2; recordings will be made available
October 17, 2023
December 2023–January 2024
Resources and Requirements
Before beginning your online application form, please access the resources provided here to assist you in crafting the strongest submission possible.