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Achieving the Dream

About Achieving the Dream at NWIC

Research shows that low-income students and students of color are less likely to succeed at post-secondary schools, but Northwest Indian College is determined to help its students defy those statistics.

NWIC is in the midst of a campaign to boost its graduation rates with the help of Achieving the Dream, a national initiative aimed to help more students earn degrees and certifications. The initiative helps colleges collect and interpret data in order to increase student success and graduation rates.

Of the 30 colleges selected to join Achieving the Dream and receive a $250,000 grant in 2010, NWIC was the only tribal college.

“I am excited about it because I know all tribal students can succeed in their higher education,” NWIC President Cheryl Crazy Bull said. “Achieving the Dream is different from other programs because it enables us to use data as a lens to see what barriers our students face, data that includes student voices.”

This process will help the college find regular points where student success starts to decline, and will reveal which students we can help overcome those difficult times, Crazy Bull said.

Achieving the Dream is supported by the Lumina Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many other generous partners.

For more information about Achieving the Dream or to see a full list of funders, visit the website.

Partnering with the Community

NWIC employees are in the process of developing a plan to gather data and information to determine how to eliminate or reduce barriers to student success. To do that, we need help from our community.

NWIC’s community nature goes hand-in-hand with goals of Achieving the Dream, which requires participating colleges to gather input from their communities to help identify barriers for students and come up with ways to help them.

The college is asking community members to share their perspectives about what kind of barriers get in the way of educational success for NWIC students. NWIC will begin hosting community gatherings to collect feedback in February.

Upcoming events

NWIC will begin hosting community gatherings in February.


Alex Prue
(360) 392-4285


About Achieving the Dream

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:

  • Guiding evidence-based institutional improvement
  • Influencing public policy
  • Generating knowledge
  • Engaging the public

Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is the most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. With more than 150 institutions, 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 30 states and the District of Columbia - Achieving the Dream helps 3.5 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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