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What is Guided Pathways?
What is Guided Pathways
This two-page document briefly describes the concept and goals of Guided Pathways and also provides two infographics describing the Guided Pathways model.
The Movement Towards Pathways
This five page essay is an overview of the origins of the Guided Pathways movement, published by the Community College Research Center. Notably, this document also provides an extensive bibliography.
Pathways Model Description
This two-page document outlines the Essential Practices and Essential Capacities for institutions implementing Guided Pathways.
Operationalizing Guided Pathways
This three-page document provides a bulleted overview of the four pillars of the Guided Pathways model.
Redesigning Community Colleges for Student Success
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.
Making the Case for Guided Pathways
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.
Discussion Sheet- Change for Guided Pathways
This worksheet facilitates discussion about the document above.
Articles and Reports
A New Initiative Without the Fatigue
This brief article features the promising early results of Guided Pathways programs.
Early Momentum Metrics and Why they Matter
Provided by the Community College Research Center, this 8 page article proposes three methods for assessing the success of Guided Pathways: Credit Momentum, Gateway Momentum, and Program Momentum.
Guided Pathways Case Study
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.
California Guided Pathways Overview
A brief overview of Guided Pathways in California including great infographics on the four pillars of Guided Pathways.
What Do Students Think About Guided Pathways?
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."
Guided Pathways Demystified Part 1
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.
Guided Pathways Demystified Part 2
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.
Resources for Navigating Institutional Change
The Transfer Playbook: ESSENTIAL PRACTICES FOR TWO- AND FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
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 Workforce Playbook: A COMMUNITY COLLEGE GUIDE TO DELIVERING EXCELLENT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
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.
TCI Adoption and Adaptation
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.
TCI Intentional Communications
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.
TCI Capacity Building
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.