Affiliate Organizations

The following organizations are official partners of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL)

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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by:

  1. guiding evidence-based institutional improvement,
  2. leading policy change,
  3. generating knowledge, and
  4. engaging the public.

Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

African American Male Educational Network and Development

The African American Male Educational Network and Development(A2MEND) organization is comprised of African American male administrators who utilize their scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system. We aim to create an affirming academic and professional environment for African Americans with a particular focus on African American male students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The goals of A2MEND are to:

  1. hold African American male administrators (ourselves) in the community college system to their moral responsibility to uplift their communities through their role in education, knowledge, and expertise in the profession,
  2. to support African American men in their career development, advancement, and success as community college administrators and students; and
  3. to act as a resource where African American male community college administrators can access the experience and expertise of others across the system.
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American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – College Student Educators International supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices, and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community. ACPA – College Student Educators International leads the student affairs profession and the higher education community in providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning.

Association of Community College Trustees

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Located in Washington, D.C., ACCT is a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, U.S. Congress, the Departments of Education and Labor and more.

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The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting our collective efforts to lead our institutions toward the attainment of the following goals:

  1. produce and disseminate empirical evidence through research to inform diversity initiatives,
  2. identify and circulate exemplary practices,
  3. provide professional development for current and aspiring diversity officers,
  4. inform and influence national and local policies, and
  5. create and foster networking opportunities.
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Project MALES encompasses three interrelated initiatives with national, state, and local impact: nationally, it oversees an ongoing research agenda focused on understanding the experiences of Latino males across the education pipeline; statewide, it convenes a P-16 Consortium focused on the success of male students of color in six major urban areas through its Texas Educational Consortium for Male Students of Color; and locally, it coordinates a mentoring program that aims to cultivate an engaged support network for males of color at UT-Austin and in school districts across the Central Texas community, and serve as a model for other mentoring programs across the state.

Project MALES embodies praxis by fusing these initiatives through strategies that employ mentoring, research, collective impact, and dissemination. Project MALES Student Mentoring Program has a strong focus on mentoring, leadership development, community engagement, and collective impact, all of which serve to address the goal of enhancing the overall academic success and retention of male students of color in both secondary and post-secondary education. Project MALES is focused on the goal of enhancing Latino male student success at all levels of the educational spectrum.

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The Community College League of California promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through leadership development, advocacy, policy development and district services. The goals of The Community College League of California includes:

  1. advance The League as the primary advocacy organization for community college districts,
  2. promote effective leadership at all levels for community colleges,
  3. deliver outstanding services and programs that engage districts and support their operations, and
  4. be a highly effective and innovative organization.

The mission of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) is to use research and evaluation methods to improve policies, programs, and practices that enhance community college education and the transition to college for diverse learners at the state, national, and international levels. 

For 30 years OCCRL has conducted research on programs, policies, and practices that span P-20 education and strengthen pathways to postsecondary education and careers. With an intense focus on how community colleges impact education and employment outcomes, OCCRL enhances results for diverse youth and adults who want to transition to and through college to further their education and/or their gainful employment.

Results of OCCRL’s studies are disseminated worldwide. Reports and materials are derived from new knowledge captured and distributed through OCCRL’s website, scholarly publications, and other platforms.