Brookdale Community College is joining the 2022 cohort of Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network to holistically advance equity, access, and student success. By joining the ATD Network, Brookdale is committing to a tailored engagement in whole-college transformation and gaining access to a nationwide network of peer support and expertise.

Brookdale is part of a cohort of seven colleges joining the ATD Network during a time of continued enrollment challenges for two-year institutions across the country, when equitable access and community engagement are more important than ever for the students that colleges serve.

“We are partnering with ATD to strengthen student outcomes, particularly for historically underserved students who have been impacted by the pandemic, and to be part of a national network that is leading transformational change in higher education,” said David M. Stout, Ph.D. president of Brookdale Community College.

“Community colleges, and particularly colleges in the ATD Network, recognize that they serve as engines of opportunity not just for their students, but for the entire communities that they serve,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president, and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “ATD’s work is centered on equity, and I am excited to see how the new Network colleges in the 2022 cohort start generating transformational change that lifts up their communities and advances the field.”

Teams from each of the seven colleges will convene in Charlotte, NC, from June 14 to 16 for a Kickoff Institute that will set the stage for their partnership with ATD. Representatives from Brookdale will meet virtually with ATD coaches and begin to develop customized action plans based on Brookdale’s strategic goals.

Brookdale, alongside the 2022 cohort of new ATD Network colleges, is committed to tackling equity challenges, building a culture of data-informed decision-making, and maximizing the student experience through high-quality teaching and learning.

Brookdale is joining the ATD Network alongside six other institutions:


Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 300 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students, and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing equity gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn. 

About Brookdale Community College – Founded in 1968, Brookdale Community College is the County College of Monmouth County, New Jersey. They serve a large and diverse population of Monmouth County and its surrounding communities. Brookdale  offers AA, AFA, AS, and AAS degrees in 75 academic programs, 7 Academic Credit Certificates, and 11 Academic Credit Certificates of Achievement. In addition, Brookdale has fully online degree programs in Business Administration, English, History, Liberal Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Sciences, and Cybersecurity Certificate of Achievement. They offer partnerships with top four-year colleges and universities to make the transfer process seamless as well as with local businesses to provide students with the opportunities to achieve their educational and career goals. In addition, Brookdale offers non-degree courses through their Office of Continuing & Professional Studies. This unique division provides coursework specially tailored to meet the training needs of today’s businesses. Follow on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.