Pathways Project

Institute Series

A series of six institutes will be designed by the partner organizations, each institute 2.5 days in length and each attended by teams of varying composition from a selected group of 30 community colleges. The ultimate goal of the institute series is to advance serious work on the various necessary aspects of the design and implementation of structured student pathways leading to high-quality community college credentials and then to family-supporting jobs, either directly out of the community college or after transfer and baccalaureate attainment. The format for institutes will combine discussions with experts, experiences shared by colleges already implementing pathways (or critical features thereof, such as redesigned advising systems), and facilitated discussion/planning sessions for the college teams. An expected outcome of the project is design and testing of an approach that can be replicated in the post-grant period with additional groups of institutions; and a further outcome will be expansion of the available pool of experts qualified to provide technical assistance to colleges as they undertake pathway design and implementation.

  • Institute #1—Leadership for Transformational Change: Implementing Pathways at Scale
    (February 4 - 6, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas)

  • Institute #2—Pathway Design I: Mapping Pathways Through the Institution
    (April 14 - 16, 2016 in Washington, DC)

  • Institute #3—Redesigning Student Intake and Support Systems
    (October 2 - 4, 2016 in Denver, Colorado)
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    Each participating college will send one team of five people to the institute. The recommended composition for teams follows:

    • president/chancellor *CEO attendance is required*
    • Pathways team facilitator *attendance is required*
    • Others from among the following:
      • chief academic officer
      • chief student services officer
      • faculty leaders from developmental education and gatekeeper English, math, or reading-intensive gatekeeper courses
      • advising leader

    More information coming soon!


  • Institute #4—Ensuring Students are Learning and Progressing Along the Pathway
    (February 2 - 4, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona)
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    Each participating college will send one team of five people to the institute. The recommended composition for teams follows:

    • president/chancellor *CEO attendance is required*
    • Pathways team facilitator *attendance is required*
    • Others from among the following:
      • chief academic officer
      • leader of professional development
      • faculty leader(s) from meta-majors
      • student support services leader (academic support, advising)

    More information coming soon!


  • Institute #5—Pathway Design II: Pathways to Transfer and Employment
    (June 22 - 24, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
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    Each participating college will send one team of five people to the institute. The recommended composition for teams follows:

    • president/chancellor *CEO attendance is required*
    • Pathways team facilitator *attendance is required*
    • College leader for work on university transfer
    • College leader for relationships/alignment with employers
    • Faculty member from arts & sciences program
    • Faculty member from CTE program

    NOTE: With this revised recommendation, the project has removed the suggestion that colleges bring external employment/transfer partners.


  • Institute #6—Policy Meets Pathways: Governing Board Roles and Policy Change
    (October 26 - 28, 2017 in Seattle, Washington)
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    Each participating college will send one team of five people to the institute. The recommended composition for teams follows:

    • president/chancellor *CEO attendance is required*
    • Pathways team facilitator *attendance is required*
    • Governing Board Chair
    • 1-2 additional governing board members (not reaching a quorum)
    • Chief Academic Officer
    • [Chief Student Services Officer]

    NOTE: With this revised recommendation, the project has removed the suggestion that colleges bring a state policymaker beyond the board level and affirms that the major focus of the institute will be on institution-level policy. That said, there will be at least a session that addresses policy changes occurring at the state level, and partners agree that colleges within a state may wish to extend a joint invitation to a single representative from the state community college system/coordinating board, or the equivalent.


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