The tulips are in bloom across campus and we’re starting the fourth week of the quarter; it must be time for students to start cramming for the first midterm exam and for us to give you an update on Guided Pathways at EvCC.
Lots of work is happening with Guided Pathways this quarter; much of it centered on participating in the budget development process (check out the youtube video of the Draft #1 share out; GP was the right after Jennifer Howard’s overview), GP Mission/Purpose Development by the Guided Pathways Steering Committee, and reporting to College Spark about the work we’ve been doing in order to meet the May 15 grant deadline. Budget development, grant reporting, and mission/purpose crafting might not be work that makes you leap out of the bed in the morning, excited about the day, however, it’s foundational work that will help us make future progress so we’re digging in, spending the time, and getting it done.
This quarter we are planning a cross pollination conversation bringing together folks who’ve been coming to GP sub-committee meetings (or anyone on campus who is interested) to connect on the global areas of GP development; getting students on a path, clarifying the path, keeping them on a path, and aligning pathways with careers. If you’re on one of the GP sub-committees (Communication, Equity, Advising/First Year Experience, or Technology) and you’ve been wondering when you would connect with the other sub-committees, this is your chance! Or, if you haven’t made it to a sub-committee meeting but would like to chime in on the GP conversation, this is an opportunity for you as well and open to all employees. Mark your calendar for May 19 from 1-3pm in GWH 386/388 to come catch up with your colleagues and help determine what work will happen next.
Also new this quarter is our GP Intern! Samantha Reed, former GP Genius Parking Spot winner and Instructional Support Tech in the EvCC Writing Center, is serving as our intern to fulfill requirements for her Master’s degree program in Higher Education at Central Washington University. Samantha will be writing future GP blog posts on articles we think speak to the broader issues associated with our GP work, particularly around equity, so keep an eye out for our guest blogger later this quarter!