‘Going All In’

"The 30 community colleges participating in the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Pathways Project — a national effort to use guided pathways to improve student success — are 'going all in' and making substantial progress in key areas, according to a new report," Community College Daily reports.

"The Community College Research Center (CCRC) today releases a 62-page progress report on Pathways, which started in late 2015, indicating that all colleges have in the project’s first year at least made headway in four guided pathway key practice areas:

  • Mapping pathways to student end goals
  • Helping students choose and enter a program pathway
  • Keeping students on path
  • Ensuring that students are learning

'The speed with which the AACC pathways colleges are moving toward implementing pathways is impressive,' says a summary of the report. 'Equally impressive is that the colleges are "going all in," planning to make changes in all four practice areas of the guided pathways model rather than approaching the reforms piecemeal.'

The report breaks down important components of each of four areas. For example, for mapping pathways to student end goals, CCRC researchers noted that participating colleges are using career-focused meta-majors as a framework for program mapping. About one-third were in the process of sequencing program courses and identifying critical courses and milestones for every program, but most were still in the planning stages.

These college are also redesigning their websites to show how program maps connect to career and transfer opportunities. In addition, the colleges are trying to find a balance between providing too much and too little choice for students. Another important component is that the colleges are flexible and are continuing to revise their maps, aware that program curricula and requirements change."

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Publication Date: 4/21/2017

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