Achieving the Dream is funded by the Lumina Foundation who partnered with several organizations including the American Association of Community Colleges and Jobs for the Future. Four colleges (Broward, Hillsborough, Tallahassee and Valencia) received a $50,000 investment grant to develop plans for addressing the academic success of low-income and minority students. Once the plans were accepted, each institution received a four year implementation grant of $100,000 per year. The state received $75,000 per year to conduct research and spread the lessons learned around the Florida College System through hosting policy seminars, meetings and conferences. For more information, please contact
The Developmental Education Initiative is a three-year effort begun in 2009 to identify and develop programs that increase the number of college students who complete preparatory classes and successfully move on to college-level studies. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education, it includes 15 colleges and six states that were early participants in the Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count initiative. As a grant recipient, the Division of Florida Colleges has committed to continuing to improve student success through the redesign of developmental education courses, increased college readiness testing in high schools, and developing a statewide process to review data on student performance.
The state recognizes Florida’s best and brightest college students for their outstanding academic achievement and community service with a capitol experience day and awards ceremony.
Chancellor's Leadership Seminar
The Foundation supports the leadership seminar designed for Florida college administrators who aspire to be senior managers or presidents to “grow our own” future leaders. Funds raised underwrite the seminar expenses.