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Tallahassee Community College Receives Top Award from Achieving the Dream

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Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College.Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of Tallahassee Community College.At the DREAM 2022 virtual conference, Achieving the Dream (ATD), a network of over 300 community colleges united by a mission of equity, announced the winner of its highest honor, the Leah Meyer Austin Award: Tallahassee Community College (TCC).

The distinction is awarded to colleges that find ways to holistically reduce their equity gaps. TCC developed a Culture of CARE model, which stands for Connections, Academics, Resources, and Engagement. Through this model, students are engaged even before they start their educational careers on the TCC campus, building a sense of belonging and success.

Since instituting the changes, TCC has seen its Latinx graduation rates improve by 15%, and all but 2% of its student population are able to find gainful employment or be enrolled at another institution upon graduation.

Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of TCC, accepted the award. 

β€œWe so appreciate this recognition for the great work our staff, faculty, and students are doing to reduce equity gaps,” said Murdaugh. β€œATD coaches have helped us redesign teaching and learning framework, analyze processes, break it down and understand what we can do that makes a difference in the lives of students.”

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