Pathways Readings

Summer 2018 Readings for Pathways Steering Committee

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) has released a three-part packet looking at what implementing guided pathways entails, along with promising evidence from early adopters.

What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways-Part 1: A Reform Moves From Theory to Practice

Part 1 provides an overview of the changes in practice involved in the four areas of the guided pathways model. It also presents examples from colleges and data on improvements they have achieved in leading indicators of longer-term success.

What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways-Part 2: Case Studies

Part 2 contains case studies of how colleges are approaching key pathways practices and includes data on promising trends in student progress and completion.

What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways-Part 3: Timeline and Tips for Implementing Pathways Reforms

Part 3 describes the process and timeline for implementing pathways and discusses how colleges can measure the effectiveness of their efforts.

The Aspen Institute has named the 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence today

Texas, Florida Colleges Dominate Aspen Finalists

The biennial award recognizes two-year institutions that are improving student outcomes and access. Each of the colleges must demonstrate that it is making significant achievements in student learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer to a four-year institution, employment and postgraduate earnings, and providing access and closing achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color.

Bringing Guided Pathways to Life - 25 Strategies for Community College Leaders and Innovators, EAB Navigate, Spring 2018

“As more state funds become tied to institutional performance and the public increases pressure on higher education to demonstrate return on investment, EAB members have sought support to help more students enroll, persist, and succeed. At the same time, the term “Guided Pathways” has permeated into virtually every conversation about community college student success, and leaders are wondering how best to approach this ambitious model for institutional redesign.”

A Focus on Engagement and Behavior, NASPA, April 2017

Predictive Analysis of Student Data

Many institutions have adopted data analytics practices to forecast operational trends, and are now applying the use of predictive analytics directly to student success initiatives.

Advising: Show Me The Way – The Power of Advising in Community Colleges – CCCSE 2018 National Report

The Power of Advising in Community Colleges

“With survey findings collected from over 130,000 community college students across more than 200 institutions, Show Me the Way: The Power of Advising in Community Colleges confirms that students who receive more advising—more time with advisors and more in-depth discussions in their sessions—are more engaged.”

Three Reasons Academic Advisors Should Be a Go-To Resource for Student Success Efforts – March 26, 2018. EdSurge News

Three Reasons Academic Advisors Should Be a Go-To Resource for Student Success Efforts

“I wasn’t surprised when my first student delayed graduating because a required capstone class was full; perhaps she waited too long to register. But when my fifth and sixth advisees couldn’t get spots and when it happened again the following term, I knew the problem wasn’t the students. There were too few instructors due to a change in budget allocations, yet university policy required capstone class sizes to remain small…”

How Data Can Highlight the Human Touch in Student Advising – March 29, 2018. EdSurge News

How Data Can Highlight the Human Touch in Student Advising

“If you want to know what makes Susana Rivera-Mills tick, cast an eye around her office at Oregon State University. Tacked on the wall facing the vice provost for academic programs and learning innovation is a quote from education theorist Vincent Tinto: "In admitting a student, a college enters into a contract—indeed, takes on a moral obligation—to establish those conditions on campus, especially in the classroom, that enhance the likelihood that students who are willing to expend the effort will succeed.”

HLC Student Survey Results - Spring 2017

View raw data results of open-ended questions and scaled responses for 701 students

Guided Pathways Resource Center

This link is from the AACC “Daily” newsletter.  Especially, the first one!  It is the newly launched AACC Guided Pathways Resource Center.  Follow this link to view an impressive compilation of their materials – the institutes, “why pathways,” planning, implementation, early outcomes, evaluation, etc.

Chronicle of Higher Education The 5 Tips for Student Success That a Longtime Instructor Swears By. (May 3, 2018)

The 5 Tips for Student Success That a Longtime Instructor Swears By

Hello and welcome to Teaching, a weekly newsletter from The Chronicle of Higher Education. This week, our colleague Katherine Mangan describes some tips to improve student success that she heard at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges, in Dallas. Then Dan spotlights some recent opinion pieces on course evaluations, previews some upcoming meetings, and shares one reader’s favorite books about teaching.

Setting Up ‘Guardrails’ for Students: When it comes to doling out teaching advice that’s backed by results, few can rival the rapid-fire, folksy delivery of Tony Holland, a special assistant to the chief of staff at the Alabama Community College System.

Holland, former dean of instruction at Wallace Community College, kept an overflow crowd of community-college educators here entertained as he spelled out five strategies for improving student success and closing socioeconomic achievement gaps. They’ll work, he said, for seasoned instructors as well as those just starting out.

“Are you going to take a brand new adjunct with a busload of students and send them down a windy mountain road and say ‘hope you make it’?” he asked in a variation of a talk he’s taken on the road. “Why not set up some guardrails?”

Wallace credits the approach, dubbed I-CAN (it stands for improvement, constant and never ending), with increasing by 67 percent the number of associate degrees awarded between 2010-11 and 2014-15. Retention rates there jumped 27 percent over that period. Minority students experienced, by far, the greatest improvements.

Higher education leaders meet, commit to Momentum Pathways Project

Mar 1, 2018

Higher education leaders meet, commit to Momentum Pathways Project

CHARLESTON — Leaders in higher education from across the state met with national experts Wednesday to discuss strategies to increase student retention and graduation.

The event was hosted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and Complete College America.

Education leaders agreed to participate in the Momentum Pathways Project, a program that aims to improve student success during the first year of college and sustain that momentum through to graduation.

Post-high school attainment update shows progress, but many are still left behind

By Courtney Brown

Feb 09, 2018: Stronger Nation Report 2018

Stronger Nation - the signature report from Lumina Foundation used by policymakers and media organizations across the country, has some good news and not-so-good news this week:

The country is making steady progress in education and training after high school, with a higher proportion of Americans holding degrees and certificates. But large gaps remain across racial and ethnic groups.