ATD Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT)

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This year, Achieving the Dream (ATD) is introducing a new self-assessment tool known as the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT). This is based upon the seven capacities that ATD has determined that a college needs to be successful in meeting its goals to improve student success and build a student focused culture. The seven capacities are: Leadership & Vision, Data & Technology, Equity, Engagement & Communication, Teaching & Learning, Strategy & Planning, Policies & Practices. These seven are known as the Institutional Capacity Framework.

The purpose is to get a good assessment about our college from all sectors. The ICAT is administered solely by Achieving the Dream staff so the results will remain completely anonymous.

ATD has spent considerable time and resources developing this tool over the past two years. It has been field tested at twelve community colleges and the results have been quite positive. They will give us an excellent basis to develop action plans as we move forward with our student success work. One observation from an administrator at a college that participated in the pilot said:

“The ICAT provides a structure for stakeholders from all areas of the college to collectively examine critical elements necessary to support student success and determine how we are doing in relation to these elements. With a broad focus that extends beyond individual initiatives, we were able to use the tool to identify college strengths within capacity areas and develop a foundation on which to build future efforts.”

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