What is Guided Pathways?
Guided Pathways is an integrated, highly structured, approach to student success that:
- Provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success
- Integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.
Guided Pathways is a college-wide reform that provides a framework for integrating initiatives such as Math Pathways, the Co-Requisite Model, and 60x30.
The Four Pillars of Guided Pathways
Guided Pathways consists of four dimensions or “Four Pillars”:
- “Clarify the Path” – create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education
- “Enter the Path” - help students choose and enter a program pathway
- “Stay on the Path” – help students stay on their path
- “Ensure Learning” - ensuring that learning is happening with intentional outcomes
Key Elements of Guided Pathways
- Programs that are fully mapped out and aligned with further education and career advancement while also providing structured or guided exploration for undecided students.
- Proactive academic and career advising from the start through completion and/or transfer, with assigned point of contact at each stage.
- Early alert systems aligned with interventions and resources to help students stay on the pathway, persist, and progress.
- Redesigning and integrating basic skills/developmental education classes to accelerate students to college-level classes.
- Structured onboarding process including improved placement tests and co-requisite instruction that provide students with clear, actionable, and usable information they need to get to the right start in college.
- Instructional support and co-curricular activities aligned with classroom learning and career interests.