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2023 Leah Meyer Austin Award

A smiling and waving female graduate next to the words #1 College in the U.S. for Student Success

Sinclair Community College is incredibly proud to be named the top college in the country for sustained and persistent student success. Achieving the Dream (an association of hundreds of colleges) awarded the highest honor, the Leah Meyer Austin Award, to Sinclair for demonstrating remarkable increases in student success. 

This prestigious honor was achieved through years of effort by dedicated professionals across the entire college who strive each day to do better and to be better for the students of our region. 

None of this would be possible without the tremendous support of the Southwestern Ohio community. For more than 137 years, this region has entrusted Sinclair with providing the education students must have to fill rewarding, in-demand careers. 

Sinclair Community College will continue to serve as an example of what vision, leadership, and commitment can do to best serve its community.


The Leah Meyer Austin Award

Sinclair Community College Board of Trustees members, faculty, and staff accept the Leah Meyer Austin Award in Chicago on February 16, 2023.
Sinclair Community College Board of Trustees members, faculty, and staff accept the Leah Meyer Austin Award in Chicago on February 16, 2023.

The Leah Meyer Austin Award was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding achievement in supporting and promoting student success through the creation of a culture of evidence, continuous improvement, systemic institutional change, broad engagement of stakeholders, and equity, with particular attention to low-income students and students of color. The annual prize is given in honor of Leah Meyer Austin, former senior vice president for program development and organizational learning at the Lumina Foundation and emerita director of the ATD Board of Directors, whose visionary leadership shaped the development of Achieving the Dream.  Sinclair Community College is the twenty-first ATD Network College to receive the award.  

About Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a partner and champion of more than 300 community colleges across the country. Drawing on expert coaches, groundbreaking programs, and national peer network, ATD provides institutions with integrated, tailored support for every aspect of their work — from foundational capacities such as leadership, data, and equity to intentional strategies for supporting students holistically, building K–12 partnerships, and more. ATD calls this Whole College Transformation. ATD’s vision is for every college to be a catalyst for equitable, antiracist, and economically vibrant communities. With the right partner and the right approach, colleges can drive access, completion rates, and employment outcomes — so that all students can access life-changing learning that propels them into community-changing careers.