Past Institutes and Workshops
Past institute — Hosted October 2 - 4, 2016

Pathways Project

Pathways Project Institute #3—Redesigning Student Intake and Support Systems

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 #3—Redesigning Student Intake and Support Systems will take place October 2-4, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, in Denver, CO. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.

Institute #3 Objectives

Institute #3 Objectives

  • Reinforce the case for pathways reforms and the central emphasis on achieving equity.
  • Help colleges better enable students to explore career and college options, choose and successfully enter a pathway suited to their interests and aptitudes, and complete the pathway as effectively and efficiently as possible through these changes:
    • Integrate career and college exploration into the college intake experience to help students choose a pathway that fits with their interests and aptitudes as soon as possible.
    • Redesign advising and integrate technology to support students in choosing a pathway and to monitor student progress through pathways, providing frequent feedback and support as needed.
    • Fundamentally rethink developmental education, integrating accelerated and contextualized academic skill development within the college's main areas of study/ meta-majors.
    • Integrate field-appropriate academic and non-academic supports into critical college-level gatekeeper courses in the college's main areas of study.
  • Identify and address challenges involved in organizational redesign and the changing roles of faculty and advisors as colleges revamp their processes for student intake, advising, and monitoring of student progress through pathways.
  • Produce draft action plans for continuing work on redesign of student intake, progress monitoring and support processes, with equity in mind.

Participant Resources:

  • Final Agenda
  • Institute #3 will begin with Pre-Institute Workshops on Sunday, October 2 at 1:30 p.m. Mountain.

    • One Pre-Institute Workshop is for chief academic officers and chief student services officers to attend.
    • The other Pre-Institute Workshop is for faculty and advising leaders to attend.

    All other team members should arrive in time to attend the Opening Plenary Session at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute which concludes at noon on Tuesday, October 4. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. Mountain on Tuesday, October 4.

  • 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 October 2 and 3 will be arranged by the Center via a rooming list for those who are registered. Confirmation numbers will be provided to each guest by mid-September 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 Grand Hyatt Denver 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 $205 for the nights of October 1 and 4—based on availability.

The hotel will keep the Passkey page active until September 2, 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 October 2 and 3, 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 ( or 512-232-8432), and she will ensure that the changes are made.

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
    • faculty leaders from developmental education and gatekeeper English, math, or reading-intensive gatekeeper courses
    • 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 August 19, 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, August 19, 2016.

Registration is now closed.

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Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Service and Research Initiative—
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