Past Institutes and Workshops
Past institute — Hosted April 14 - 16, 2016

Pathways Project

Pathways Project Institute #2—Pathway Design I: Mapping Pathways Through the Institution

As one of the partners in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Pathways Project, the Center for Community College Student Engagement will host a series of six Pathways Institutes for a selected group of 30 colleges. Pathways Project Institute #2—Pathway Design I: Mapping Pathways Through the Institution will take place April 14-16, 2016, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington DC. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.

Institute #2 Objectives

Institute #2 Objectives

  • Reinforce the case for implementing pathways at scale and outline strategies for making that case intentionally and effectively at the institution.
  • Review models and processes for organizing programs into meta-majors/communities of interest.
  • Build processes and timeline for mapping pathways at the institution that include the identification of milestone courses, identification of "the right math," recommended general education courses, and recommended electives for each program.
  • Identify strategies and timeline for reviewing student learning outcomes/competencies through all program course sequences and ensure that these competencies align to program-level outcomes, transfer programs, and careers.
  • Develop a program map for at least one program at the institution using the mapping framework provided by the Pathways partners.
  • Produce draft action plans that delineate next steps in taking pathways reforms to scale at the institution, specifically incorporating strategies for broad campus engagement and needs for professional development and technical assistance.

Participant Resources:

  • Agenda
    • Institute #2 will begin with a Pre-Institute Workshop for faculty and deans from transfer and CTE programs on Thursday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. All other team members should arrive in time to attend the Opening Plenary Session at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute which concludes at noon on Saturday, April 16. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 16.
  • Travel and transportation tips
  • Nearby restaurants
  • Participating colleges

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The project will cover various onsite expenses for each five-person college team, including institute registration, a two-night stay at the hotel, meeting materials, and some meals. The respective institution is responsible for arranging travel and transportation and covering those expenses for each participant.

Hotel reservations for April 14 and 15 will be arranged by the Center via a rooming list for those who are registered. Confirmation numbers will be provided to each guest by late March of 2016.

There is no action needed from registered participants to secure hotel rooms for those two nights.

However, for participants who wish to extend their stay, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park has set up a Passkey link where reservations may be made for additional nights. The hotel is offering our participants a discounted conference rate of $209 for the nights of April 13, 16, and 17—based on availability.

The hotel will keep the Passkey page active until March 13, 2016 (be sure to follow the posted instructions). It is usually easier to reserve an extra evening's hotel stay early on and cancel it (if it is not needed) than to wait until closer to the institute and add a night's stay.

Please keep in mind that although the Center is taking care of each participant's room nights on April 14 and 15, the hotel will still require a major credit card from each guest upon check-in. Individual participants are responsible for any incidental costs, as well as for lodging on additional nights.

If you have any changes to your hotel reservation, please do not contact the hotel directly. Contact Jessica Pinto, and she will ensure that the changes are made.

If you have questions regarding the hotel, please contact Jessica Pinto at or 512-232-8432.

Please also see our transportation tips while making preparations for the institute.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Jessica Pinto at or 512-232-8432 no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

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This institute is limited to the 30 institutions that have an existing Pathways Project participation agreement.

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
    • dean
    • faculty member
      • between dean and faculty member, one should represent arts & sciences and the other career/technical education
    • advising leader

At the time of registration, one person from each team must be designated as the team facilitator. This person will serve as the primary institute contact for their college and will be responsible for organizing their team's completion of advance work.

Depending on space availability, a college may request no later than February 26, 2016, to add up to two additional team members at $1,500 per additional team member. Invoices will be sent electronically to the college president, and payment will be due prior to the institute.

In order to access registration an institutional username and password is required. If you need your institution's username and password to be resent to you, please contact Jessica Pinto at or (512) 232-8432

The deadline for each college's five member team to register is Friday, February 26, 2016.

Registration is now closed.

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Proceeds may be used in general support of the Program in Higher Education Leadership and the College of Education.
Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Service and Research Initiative—
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The University of Texas at Austin
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