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Guided Pathways

What is 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 with the 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.

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Student Success Teams

Student Success Teams are counseling and instructional faculty, classified staff, peer mentors and the CAC dean who all work together to provide holistic support to students.

Student Success Teams

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Work Groups

There are four work groups of Guided Pathways: Clarifying the Path, Entering the Path, Staying On The Path and Learning on the Path.

Guided Pathways Work Groups

Starfish

Starfish

Starfish is an early warning and student tracking system designed to increase student retention and success. This online platform allows faculty to provide students with direct feedback about their course performance in the form of kudos and messages.

Starfish

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Guided Pathways FAQ

Find answers to your questions about Guided Pathways.

Guided Pathways FAQ

Guided Pathways Resources

Guided Pathways Resources

Find information researchers and other college communities have published when implementing Guided Pathways.

Guided Pathways Resources

Guided Pathways Archives

Guided Pathways Archives

Learn about the history behind Guided Pathways at CRC and find meeting notes from past discussions.

Guided Pathways Archives