As we move forward with incorporating the elements of Guided Pathways into our work here at EvCC, it will be good to have a group of resources to refer back to and to pass on to those who are just finding out about Guided Pathways and wondering what this model is. With this need in mind this blog post is focused on gathering some of the most helpful articles and websites we have come across in hopes that we can continue to equip you with solid sources about what Guided Pathways work may look like. I’ve also included links to institutions across the nation who are a bit ahead of us in doing Guided Pathways to help us build an awareness of possible options as we decide what will best suit EvCC.
Wondering what the Guided Pathways model is? The Community College Research Center (CCRC) has published a number of papers on Guided Pathways. This short, 6 page review, titled What We Know About Guided Pathways, outlines the basic ideas and gives you a taste of what the book Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, explores in much greater detail (FYI, we really recommend reading the book – there are many copies available in our library.). A companion paper Implementing Guided Pathways: Tips and Tools can give you an idea of the timeline and philosophy an institution will need to develop to succeed. You’ll notice that faculty buy-in is defined as a crucial component critical for success of Guided Pathways at any institution.
The National Center for Inquiry and Improvement published a longer article delving more deeply into typical questions occurring when an institution moves towards a Guided Pathways model in Guided Pathways Demystified: Exploring Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Implementing Pathways.
The CCRC has also developed an in depth packet of Guided Pathways resources, containing a research case study from Miami Dade and Planning and Adoption templates to help institutions effectively determine where to target their Guided Pathways efforts.
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges of Washington has created a Guided Pathways page including information about the College Spark and SBCTC Guided Pathways grant, an editorial by Jan Yoshiwara (SBCTC Education Director), and handouts from the Clover Park Technical Guided Pathways Workshop which occurred earlier this year.
We’ve also been researching other institutions and how they are already incorporating pieces of the Guided Pathways model into their curriculum guides. Here are a few examples which have stood out:
Broward College in Florida has a clear approach for students interested in a biology degree to determine what classes to take each quarter for both those attending both full and part time. In addition Broward’s guide includes links to up-to-date career information for the degree, financial aid, prior learning credit, and internships.
Baltimore County Community Colleges have developed clear pathways for students heading into the Arts and Humanities in their Arts and Humanities program path guide by using an approach which demonstrates how Guided Pathways can keep diverse course choices available to students while communicating clearly what is needed for each degree option.
WA’s very own Shoreline Community College has included transfer-ability of courses to 4 year institutions in their program/curriculum guides for students. The physical therapy guide is particularly noteworthy for advising students on which courses to take for the 4-year institution they hope to enter. Scroll down to the 4th page of the guide to see the section on Select WA state college/university major preparation and recommendations.
Do you have a resource for Guided Pathways work which you would like to share? Post links in the comments section so that we can build a source which people can refer to as we move forward. Keep an eye out on this blog for more resources as well as a blog post on meta-majors coming soon.