Achieving the Dream

Achieving The Dream

Achieving the Dream

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience,
and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
– Harriet Tubman

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a non-Governmental reform movement focused on student success within two-year colleges.  ATD believes that improved student success can be accomplished through the following essential capacities:

  • Leadership and Vision
  • Data and Technology
  • Equity
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement and Communication
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Policies and Practices

Being an ATD member college, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is committed to student success which we believe will be accomplished through the ATD capacities.  GPTC has incorporated these concepts into its strategic plan.  Focused on achieving excellence, the college’s strategic plan has four main points:

  • Educational Excellence
  • Communication Excellence
  • Management Excellence
  • Engagement Excellence

Through committed leadership and broad engagement, GPTC will realize each of its strategic goals. Having selected one of our ATD strategies to be “Build a Culture of Evidence�, GPTC is committed to using evidence to bring about systemic institutional improvement in support of each of these four strategic goals. We are prepared to build our capacities in each of these key areas as we all work together to support student success.

Learn More about Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream Press Release

Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream at a Glance

About Achieving the Dream

2012 Achieving the Dream Cohort

Achieving the Dream Presentations & Videos
Achieving the Dream Kick Off: Road To Success

Achieving the Dream Kick Off: A Call to Action

Achieving the Dream Kick Off: Turning Point Survey

Achieving the Dream Kick Off: Students Video

Equity: A Tale of Two Students

Students Speak Are We Listening


Meet Georgia Piedmont's Achieving the Dream Team

Leadership Team

Dr. Jabari Simama

Dr. Ivan Harrell (Co-Chair)
Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Keith Sagers
Chief Operating Officer

Mark Komdat
Vice President of Business and Financial Services

Dr. Mariam Dittmann (Co-Chair)
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Technology

Martha Pacini
Executive Director of Marketing

Dr. Tony Neal
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Core Team

Dr. Debra Gordon (Co-Chair)
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Keith Perry (Data Team Co-Chair)
Director of IT

Dr. Jonny Jones
Newton Campus

Dr. Catrenia McLendon
South DeKalb Campus

Angela Cummings
Director of Advising, Career and Retention Services

Claudia Stokes
Reading Instructor

Dr. Tessie Bradford (Co-Chair)
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Kim Sloan
Director of Student Success and Learning Support Center

Corey Parker
Director of Admissions and Records

Director of Research (TBD)
Faculty Member (TBD)
Faculty Member (TBD
Student Representative (TBD)
Local Board Representative (TBD)
Foundation Trustee (TBD)
Grants Support (TBD)


Data Team

Keith Perry (Co-Chair)
Director of IT
Director of Research (TBD) (Co-Chair)

Membership on the Data Team will include a representative from each of the subcommittees plus additional membership as needed.  The Data Team will serve in a support capacity for the Core Team as well as for each of the subcommittees.