Practices to Pathways
Past initiative — Conducted September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2014

Practices to Pathways

A pathway is “a highly structured, coherent educational experience that is built around and through an area of study” (AACC, 2014, p.11). It intentionally incorporates multiple high-impact practices and makes them inescapable. A pathway has multiple entry points, so a student can start the pathway at his or her current level of study, whether that is adult basic education, developmental education, or college-level coursework. Similarly, there are exit points at various levels, such as earning a certificate or an associate degree, transferring to a baccalaureate institution, new employment, or career advancement. Students can leave the pathway to start work after earning a certificate and come back later to augment their education, earning an associate and then a baccalaureate degree.

American Association of Community Colleges. (2014). Empowering community colleges to build the nation’s future: An implementation guide. Retrieved from

Pathway Design Resources for Colleges

The resources listed below provide additional support for colleges as they work to design and augment pathways at their institutions.

Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Research and Service Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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