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ERIC Number: ED562051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementing Guided Pathways: Tips and Tools
Bailey, Thomas; Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Jenkins, Davis
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
A growing number of community colleges and four-year universities are seeking to improve student outcomes by redesigning academic programs and student support services following the guided pathways approach. These institutions are mapping out highly structured, educationally coherent program pathways for students to follow by starting with the end in mind--consulting with education providers at the next level and with employers to ensure that the learning outcomes of their programs are clearly aligned with the requirements for success in further education and careers. They are using program maps to assess and improve learning across programs, not just courses. They are also rethinking their new student intake systems to create program on-ramps that help students choose and enter a program of study as quickly as possible. And they are closely monitoring students' progress toward program completion and giving frequent feedback and support to help keep them on track. While circumstances at any particular college will influence how best to go about the redesign process, it is clear that for guided pathways reforms to succeed, broad-based communication, engagement, and collaboration--both within the institution and with outside partners--are critical. This guide provides some tips and tools that can aid colleges in gaining buy-in from faculty and staff and in planning and embarking on the process of redesigning programs and support services following the guided pathways model. [This case study is part three of CCRC's guided pathways practitioner packet. For an overview of research supporting the guided pathways model, "What We Know about Guided Pathways: Helping Students to Complete Programs Faster" (part one), see ED562052. For "Implementing Guided Pathways at Miami Dade College: A Case Study" (part two), see ED562050.]
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center
Identifiers - Location: Florida