Achieving the Dream at Kapi’olani Community College

Six Years of Experience with AtD Implementation

Since 2007, Kapiolani Community College has been a part of the Achieving the Dream (AtD) national initative dedicated to helping community college students succeed, particularly Native Hawaiian and other underserved populations.  AtD colleges work to close the achievement gap and accelerate student success by:  1) transforming practices through evidence based decision making, and 2) implementing policy change in the quest for better student outcomes.

A leading indigenous-serving institution, the College has implemented strategic outcome efforts in the past six years to greatly increase educational opportunities available to Native Hawaiian students by aligning AtD goals with the Strategic Plan and department tactical plans.  As such, these efforts to meet AtD standards can be sustained because they are embedded into the College’s planning framework.

University of Hawaii System – Institutional Research & Analysis Office AtD Five Goals 


Financial Support from OHA and Kamehameha Schools

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs made a five-year, half-million dollar commitment, culminating next year, to the Achieving the Dream initiative being implemented in the University of Hawaii Community College system.  In addition, the Kamehameha Schools donated an average of $78,000 annually for five years to the initiative, according to program officials.

Source:  Office of Hawaiian Affairs ‘aukake 2011


Best Practices & More Information

There are 160 AtD colleges that develop and implement research-based policies and practices derived from an analyses of the college’s strengths, problem areas, and achievement gaps with the goal of building an insitution-wide commitment to student success and completion.  More information about the AtD initiative, including best practices from other campuses, may be viewed at the Achieving the Dream (AtD) official website.


Annual Reports (2009 – present)

Click on the links below to download previous Achieving the Dream annual reports

First look at UHCC goals 2004 – 2009