This 24-page overview describes the barriers to student success created by the way most community colleges are currently organized. It describes the key design features of the guided pathways model, describes the process for implementing it and outlines reasons why college leaders should consider doing so despite the costs involved.
This bulleted document, provided by the Community College Research Center, provides arguments in support of Guided Pathways. Specifically, this document discusses "The Business Case", "The Academic Case", and the "Student Services Case" for Guided Pathways.
This 16 page report details the results of a two-day site visit to Wallace State Community College by CCRC researchers. Based on the data collected, the report describes the organizational changes that enabled Wallace State’s exceptional progress in redesigning academic programs, student services, and related support systems using the Guided Pathways model.
This article reports on a study based on student interviews. According to the author: "In this brief, I examine data from 48 interviews with first-year students at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)—a large urban community college system with seven campuses that since 2010 has been implementing guided pathways—to understand students’ reactions to CCC’s ambitious, system-wide reform."
This report is designed for higher education leaders and explores ten commonly asked questions about implementing guided pathways. It addresses concern about compromising our higher education values, practical considerations about control and enrollment, and apprehensions about the impact on students’ learning and development—all issues that will need to be addressed to successfully pursue a guided pathways effort.
This report is the second in a series of resources designed for higher education leaders and explores 10 new “momentum” questions reflective of the uptake in guided pathways across our nation’s colleges. It addresses inquiries related to culture change, implications for the student experience, practical concerns for educators, and operational considerations and is designed to support institutions in ground-level planning and implementation.
The sections of this 8 page document include: Helping Students to Complete Programs Faster, A Comprehensive Approach to Reform, Supporting Evidence from Organizational, Behavioral, and Cognitive Science, Supporting Evidence from Higher Education Research, Guided Pathways in Practice, and The Challenge of Comprehensive Reform.
In the first three sections, we describe essential practices underlying each of these three strategies (outlined in the sidebar to the right). Recognizing that there is still room for even the best current practice to improve, the fourth section of the playbook includes a discussion of “next frontiers” of practice; these are practices that even the high-performing community colleges and universities profiled here have only begun to work on in their continuing efforts to improve outcomes for their students. With that grounding, we then list in the fifth section activities for community colleges and four-year colleges to undertake in order to implement the strategies. The playbook concludes with a synthesis of practitioners’ perspectives on the benefits and challenges associated with state transfer articulation policies.
The research presented here highlights a set of practices, processes, and mindsets that distinguish colleges that are effective at ensuring that diverse students succeed in the labor market and that make a significant, positive difference in their communities.
This brief document discusses Guiding Principle for Adoption and Adaptation: Scaling of transformative
change will occur when adoption and adaptation honor and influence the cultures of the settings involved.
This brief document discusses the Guiding Principle for Intentional Communications: Transformative change happens when individuals with deep knowledge of change communicate to help others change in their contexts.
This brief document discusses Guiding Principle for Strategic Capacity Building: When organizational capacity for change is strategically planned, developed, and continuously implemented, transformative change is scaled.