Guided Pathways is a new approach of restructuring community colleges so that we can increase student success.
In contrast to the “cafeteria model” colleges have used so far, where students have lots of options but little guidance in navigating these options, Guided Pathways provide students with clear program maps that include specific course sequences, progress milestones, and program learning outcomes. Students are also surrounded with comprehensive support from start to finish, to ensure they clarify a path for themselves, enter and stay on that path, and succeed in learning.
In California, guided pathways provide a framework for integrating California-based initiatives such as SSSP, Equity, Basic Skills Transformation, the Strong Workforce Program, and California College Promise.
At Gavilan, students, faculty, classified staff, and administrators are involved in several projects supporting Guided Pathways. The initiative requires input from across campus on ways we can improve students’ experiences both in and out of the classroom.
Here is what the Chancellor's Office says about Guided Pathways
The Guided Pathways framework rests on Four Pillars. They are:
- Clarify the Path: create clear pathways to employment and further education.
- Enter the Path: help students choose and enter their pathway.
- Stay on the Path: help students stay on their path.
- Ensure Learning: follow through and ensure improved student results.