Past Institutes and Workshops
Past institute — Hosted February 2 - 4, 2017

Pathways Project

Pathways Project Institute #4—Ensuring Students Are Learning and Progressing Along the Pathway

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 #4—Ensuring Students Are Learning and Progressing Along the Pathway will take place February 2-4, 2017, at the Tempe Mission Palms, in Tempe, AZ. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.

Institute #4 Objectives

Institute #4 Objectives

  • Promote integration of effective educational practices into pathways.
    • Encourage contextualization of general education into program curriculum
    • Provide examples of effective applied learning and other engaging instructional practices
    • Redesign professional development experiences for faculty and student services with a strategic focus on pathways
  • Promote redesign of program learning outcomes, starting with the end in mind, where the ends are careers and effective transfer.
  • Review current data on students' educational experiences and specify ways that the data can be used to improve current educational practices.
  • Highlight effective practices that ensure students in pathways are achieving defined program and general education learning outcomes.
  • Enrich college efforts to build cultural competence in classrooms and equitable outcomes across all student groups.
  • Build collaborative inquiry about educational quality into college culture and practice.

Participant Resources:

  • Final Agenda
  • Institute #4 will begin with three Pre-Institute Workshops on Thursday, February 2.

    • 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mountain: Scaffolding Student Learning Outcomes Through Pathways. NOTE: Faculty and Instructional Administrators should attend this session.
    • 12:30-2:30 p.m. Mountain: Improving Student Learning & Mastery via Digital Learning. NOTE: Professional development leaders, faculty, and academic administrators should attend this session.
    • 1:15-2:30 p.m. Mountain: CCSSE Online Reporting System Tutorial. Note: Pathways Team Facilitators, Institutional Researchers, and/or anyone who pulled the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) data should attend this session.

    There is a Team Facilitator session with Pathways coaches and partners on Thursday, February 2 at 2:45-3:15 p.m. Mountain.

    All other team members should arrive in time to attend the Opening Plenary Session at 3:30 p.m. Mountain on Thursday, February 2. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute which concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. Mountain on Saturday, February 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 February 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-January of 2017.

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

February is an extremely busy time in the Phoenix/Tempe area. Unfortunately, the Tempe Mission Palms is unable to accommodate any team member's reservations for the night of Wednesday, February 1. If you are unable to fly into Phoenix on Thursday, February 2 in time for the first session, below is a list of hotels in Tempe that may have availability on Wednesday, February 1. You will need to check in on Wednesday, February 1 and check-out on Thursday, February 2 to join us at the Tempe Mission Palms for Pathways Institute #4.

Hotel Name


Distance from Tempe Mission Palms

Rate as of November 2016

AC Hotel by Marriott

100 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281

0.5 miles

Starting at $202/night

Aloft Hotel

951 East Playa Del Norte Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

1.6 miles

Starting at $205/night

Courtyard by Marriott

601 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

0.3 miles

Starting at $234/night

Embassy Suites

4400 South Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

3.5 miles

Starting at $251/night

Hyatt Place

1413 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281

1.6 miles

Starting at $232/night

Residence Inn

510 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

0.2 miles

Starting at $283/night

If you would like to extend your stay at the Tempe Mission Palms for the nights of Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, the hotel does have availability at the conference rate of $200/night. Please email Jessica Pinto (, and she will add your additional night(s) to your reservation.

Please keep in mind that although the Center is taking care of each participant's room nights on February 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
    • leader of professional development
    • faculty leader(s) from meta-majors
    • student support services leader (academic support, advising)

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 December 9, 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, December 9, 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—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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