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For too many community college students, reaching completion goals is often a “dream deferred.” They face a bewildering number of choices and often take courses they don’t need, resulting in an average of five or more years spent reaching transfer-readiness, or debt accrued and no degree or certificate earned. To remedy this problem, more colleges are restructuring their programs into guided pathways that help students
- identify an academic plan early,
- develop a clear roadmap to reach their goals,
- and receive crucial guidance and support along the way to help them stay on the plan.
For more information about guided pathways, see Redesigning America’s Community Colleges (Bailey, Jaggers, and Jenkins) or the Community College Research Center.
College Futures Project: This statewide initiative will support colleges in the process of developing pathways with an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success. By creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and employment in a chosen field, the project is intended to increase the number of students earning community college credentials, while closing equity gaps. In early 2017, 15-20 community colleges will be selected to implement the California Guided Pathways Model from a competitive application and interview process. Colleges will participate in six two-day institutes, which will focus on key elements required to implement a fully-scaled pathway model which serves all students at a community college, plus receive support on the change process from expert coaches. Each college will commit to have implemented guided pathways for all incoming students by 2019. The total cost will be $45,000, which will pay for logistical costs for college participants. Deadline to apply: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017. Press Release
Guided Pathways Demystified, by Rob Johnstone
What is the Guided Pathways Model?, by Nick Strobel and Sonya Christian
The Effects of Structured Transfer Pathways in Community Colleges, by Rachel Baker
Guided Pathways Prezi - Gavilan focused
Feb 9th Pathways Presentation - Karen Warren
Student Success Scorecard
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office provides this resource for colleges to access recent student success data.