The Guided Pathways framework creates a highly structured approach that provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and better prepares students for future success. The framework also integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need. In a guided pathways model, structures are designed and monitored that allow for intrusive support rather than “luck” as the guiding factor to student success, maximizing their time and minimizing any confusion in the class-selection process.
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Reedley College faculty and administrators traveled to New York City for the Community Colleges League of Innovation Conference February 24-27 to present three breakouts about our journey with Guided Pathways. Presenting at the conference were Vice President for Student Services Renee Craig-Marius, Academic Senate President Stephanie Curry, English Instructor Rebecca Snyder and CCCCO Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator Michelle Stricker (on loan from RC). The group presented on Changing Placement in a Guided Pathways Framework, Hobsons Starfish: Holistic Tools for Guided Pathways, and Onboarding a College to Guided Pathways.
Mapping Phase Underway
After months of discussion, the program mapping phase of our Guided Pathways implementation started February 22 with the Department of Biology. Courses were spread out over a four semester (two year) time span (excluding summer sessions) and placed in a sample worksheet. Courses towards obtaining a degree in biology include Chemistry, English, Math and Physics, as well as recommended electives. Program maps serve as a default path for a full program plan. The default map is created for the ideal two year path. These maps are meant to inform students and support conversations with their counselor to develop a customized Student Education Plan (SEP) based on the students’ individual needs and goals. The next mapping workshops will be with the Business Administration Department March 4, followed by Administration of Justice March 18.