ERIC Number: EJ1097570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: N/A
Laying the Groundwork: Have Guided Pathways Come of Age?
Community College Journal, v86 n5 p26, 29-31 Apr-May 2016
Six years ago, Front Range Community College President Andy Dorsey sat down with his team and looked at the college's completion and graduation rates. Like a lot of colleges, they were in for a shock. It is not that they had expected to see 80 percent completion rates. But they certainly were not expecting to see only 43 percent of their students graduating or completing in three years. They started using the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) to find out what students needed. With that information, they started pilots at the college's three campuses, which spread from near Denver, Colorado, to near Fort Collins. Still, after a few years, these specialized programs were not going to do it. That level of change--at scale and integrated into every corner of the college--is coming to Front Range Community College and 29 others through the Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges. Using the framework of guided pathways, the colleges will spend a year revamping everything from student intake to faculty and staff onboarding to marketing, curriculum development and advising to help students find their way, stay on that path and catch them before they fall off. In this article, the author presents guided pathways and the success it can bring to community colleges around the country.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, Student Surveys, Learner Engagement, Educational Change, Guidance, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Michigan; Texas