WHAT ARE GUIDED PATHWAYS?
Guided pathways reform is a student-centered approach that can dramatically increase the number of students earning community college credentials while closing equity gaps. Rather than work with a subset of students, Guided Pathways is a college-wide undertaking that provides a framework for integrating California-based initiatives such as SSSP, Equity, Basic Skills Transformation, the Strong Workforce Program, and California College Promise.
Guided pathways provide students with clear, educationally coherent program maps that include specific course sequences, progress milestones, and program learning outcomes.
These maps are aligned to knowledge and skills required by four-year institutions and the labor market, thus ensuring that students can continue their studies and advance in their careers.
The maps help to simplify decision-making for students by providing intentional opportunities for exploration and informed choices. Students are helped from the start to understand academic and career options, choose a program of study, and develop a plan based on the program maps.
These plans enable colleges to provide predictable schedules, frequent feedback, and embedded, discipline-specific support to help students stay on track and complete their programs more efficiently.
They also facilitate efforts by faculty to ensure that students are building knowledge and skills within and across programs that will allow them to succeed in further education and on the job.
WHY ARE WE TRANSFORMING INTO A GUIDED PATHWAYS COLLEGE?
All Cosumnes River College students deserve an institution where they are empowered to improve the cultural, social economic, and environmental health of their communities. To do so, we must be successful in implementing guided pathways to simplify their navigation to completion and their approach to resources. Our student success data – across every indicator – demonstrate our current methods are not effective. Furthermore, students who are traditionally disadvantaged in higher education, fair no better at our College. The California Community College system places a high value on college access and as a result, CRC students are provided with access to the multitude of options we offer to help them be successful. Unfortunately, the traditional cafeteria-style of providing a college education to students is not an effective one in making them successful. We must make an institutional and cultural transformation on how the College currently conducts business in order to guide our students to be successful. At CRC, we proudly proclaim that diversity is our strength and we approach the work of guided pathways as our equity work; we shall design and implement guided pathways with great care and intention in order to close the achievement gaps without compromising rigor. We seek to empower a wider range of diverse students to succeed in higher education and career opportunities.
CRC Guided Pathways Tri-Chairs:
Alex Casareno, Interim Dean, Elk Grove Center (casarea (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu)
Sabrina Sencil, Research Analyst, Institutional Effectiveness (sencils (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu)
Dana Wu Wassmer, Nutrition Faculty, Chair of Allied Health (wassmed (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu)
The California Guided Pathways Project will help 20 California community colleges implement an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to [the] attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers. ~ CGPP (https://www.caguidedpathways.org)
Work We Have Completed:
The California Community Colleges Guided Pathways is a multi-year state program designed to provide all California Community Colleges with the opportunity to implement Guided Pathways for the purpose of significantly improving student outcomes.
The State of California’s $150 million one-time investment in the Guided Pathways Award Program will give each of our 114 colleges the opportunity to begin implementation of the Guided Pathways framework. This investment will support an intensive five-year planning and implementation process at each participating college. Using the Guided Pathways framework, colleges will rethink and redesign programs and services into cohesive, campus-wide strategies to achieve the outcomes expected by the state, our system, and our students.
The FAQ about the CCCCO Guided Pathways: Guided_Pathways_Program_FAQs_-_9_5_17.pdf
Presentation to Academic Senate: academic_senate_IEPI_GP_funding_10.27.pdf
The Center for Professional Development organized two events on campus: Student Conversation--What Do Our Students Really Need? and Employee Conversation--Pathways and the Importance of Employee Relationships.
Notes from the Student Conversation: Student_Campus_Conversation_Oct_2017_final.pdf
Notes from the Employees Relationship Conversation: Campus_Conversations_Pathways_Employee_Relations_Notes_10-26-17.pdf
On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Dr. Davis Jenkins, co-author of Redesigning America's Community Colleges, was the honored speaker at the annual CASSL Colloquium. Over 100 students, staff, faculty, and managers from Cosumnes River College, American River College, and Sacramento City College were on-hand as Davis built a strong case for transforming how colleges can better meet the needs of students by transforming from a "cafeteria college" to a "guided pathways college." Foremost in the development of guided pathways is the goal of addressing common expectations of students including: understanding what career and educational paths and options the college experience offers them, how long it would take and how much would it cost to attend college, and where students can get the necessary (and good) information needed to make informed decisions.
On Friday, April 28, 80 faculty, staff and administrators attended a Guided Pathways Summit where the focus was on how learning what guided pathways are, why they are needed at CRC, and what we need to consider as the College moves forward in deliberately designing opportunities for students to transition into CRC knowing how they can succeed while here with a focus on successfully completing on-time.
Our District Strategic Plan and our new College Strategic Plan all support the development of guided pathways.
A Courageous Conversation on guided pathways was held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in the Winn Center Community Room. The Conversation was a first start for everyone to ask questions of what designing and implementing guided pathways means for CRC, our students, and our faculty and staff. At the center of our guided pathways work will always be students.
On April 6, Cosumnes River College received the good news that it has been selected as one of the 20 California community colleges that will take part in the California Guided Pathways Project during the next two academic years (2017 – 2019). Membership in the Project will provide CRC structured support as the College undertakes the work of developing and setting students on specific paths built upon comprehensive program plans with clear success milestones and learning outcomes that align with, and map to, the expectations of our transfer university partners and the needs of the workforce.
Participation in the California Guided Pathways Project includes a College commitment to:
CRC began drafting its application to the California Guided Pathways Project after CRC faculty and staff, who attended the IEPI Guided Pathways Workshop on December 7/8, articulated specific goals for guided pathways at CRC. Prior to submission of the application, Academic Senate provided extensive feedback and input which resulted in what the Project has admitted was an exceptionally strong application. CRC’s goals for guided pathways implementation include:
On June 26 and June 27, CRC hosted the first two days of the Capital Academies and Pathways (CAP) Counselor Summer Institute. The institute began with a keynote by Dr. Kevin Fleming, Dean of CTE at Norco College and CEO of Telos Educational Services. President Ed Bush opened the institute with a welcome to all the participants from around the region emphasizing CRC’s focus on building seamless pathways from high school to college and career. Kevin presented to almost two hundred educators from Elk Grove and Sacramento City Unified School Districts and from across Los Rios. Kevin’s focus was student success in the new economy; he provided a context for understanding the important role community colleges play in helping students decide on college with a focus on transfer and on a career. Several “nuggets” of knowledge regarding today’s economy were discussed, for example: depending upon the major or program of study, a bachelor degree can result in a higher salary than a master degree, an associate degree or industry certification can command higher wages than a bachelor degree, and the fastest growing parts of the economy are jobs which require the education provided at community colleges.
Following the keynote, 54 high school and community college counselors adjourned to the Winn Center for the Counselor Summer Institute. The focus for Monday and Tuesday was understanding the transition between high school and college, with an Experiential Exercise for high school counselors navigating the Steps to Success and college counselors learning about high school academies and pathways, and how academies and pathways work to prepare students for college and career.
Tuesday afternoon included a presentation from Professor Dana Wassmer speaking about Allied Health programs and Vet Tech, and a tour of the Northeast Technical Building and grounds with a conversation with Professor Dave Andrews regarding Horticulture programs and Professor Ryan Connally talking about Construction related programs. Sponsored by CAP projects of EGUSD and SCUSD, the Institute was the result of months of planning led by Sue Hubbard of EGUSD and Paula Hanzel of SCUSD, with the assistance of colleagues from Elk Grove USD, ARC, SCC, SCUSD, and CRC. Day 3 of the institute was held at American River College, day 4 at Sacramento City College, and day 5 at SETA (Sacramento Employment and Training Agency). As CRC moves towards building guided pathways for all students, this Institute serves as an important connection between the local public high schools and CRC with a focus on what is possible and what is already happening in CTE related pathways. On Monday evening, Kevin Fleming spoke to a crowd of almost 200 parents and students in the Recital Hall about the importance of preparing for college and career while students are still in high school. Kevin highlighted three possible pathways options from high school to college – Advanced Education, Articulated Courses, and Dual Enrollment. CRC already has several Advanced Education offerings at Elk Grove Center and main campus and over 40 Articulated Courses. Dual Enrollment opportunities with EGUSD also continue to be built.