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Guided Pathways

The Guided Pathways Model creates a 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.​


Four Pillars of Guided Pathways

  1. Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.​
  2. Help students choose and enter their pathway​.
  3. Help students stay on their path.
  4. Ensure that learning is happening with intentional outcomes.​


Key Elements of Guided Pathways​​

  • Structured onboarding processes including improved placement tests ​​and co-requisite instruction that provide students with clear, actionable, and usable information they need to get off to the right start in college.​
  • Redesigning and integrating basic skills/developmental education classes to accelerate students to college-level classes.
  • Programs that are fully mapp​​ed 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.
  • Responsive student tracking systems aligned with interventions and resources to help students stay on the pathway, persist, and progress.
  • Instructional support and co-curricular activities aligned with classroom learning and career interests.