Past Institutes and Workshops
Past institute — Hosted June 22 - 24, 2017


Pathways Project

Pathways Project Institute #5—Pathway Design II: Pathways to Transfer and Employment

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 #5—Pathway Design II: Pathways to Transfer and Employment, will take place June 22-24, 2017, at The Westin Beach Resort, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.

Institute #5 Objectives

Institute #5 Objectives

  • Reinforce the case for pathways reforms and the central emphasis on achieving equity.
  • Encourage colleges to better align their programs with career-path jobs of economic importance to their region.
  • Help colleges better enable students to transfer seamlessly and easily to baccalaureate institutions with minimal loss of community college credits toward a degree in the student's major field of study.
  • Strengthen student-facing online and print information to help them make informed choices about their career and education pathways.
  • Identify and address organizational challenges involved in aligning pathways with transfer and employment.
  • Better align "academic transfer" and "workforce" programs to help transfer students build workforce skills and workforce students earn degrees, including bachelor's and graduate degrees.
  • Produce draft action plans for continuing work toward full alignment of all academic and career pathways with transfer and employment with equity in mind.
  • Continue building an engaged learning network among Pathways Colleges.

Participant Resources:

  • Final Agenda
    • Institute #5 will begin with three Pre-Institute Workshops on Thursday, June 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern.
      • What Data Should you ask for to Improve Transfer Outcomes?
        NOTE: Leaders responsible for requesting and using data to improve transfer student outcomes, and if available the administrators/staff responsible for fulfilling those requests, should attend this session.
      • Transfer Playbook: Strategies for Strengthening Alignment
        NOTE: College CEOs, academic and student services leaders, transfer leads, and faculty should attend this session.
      • Ensuring Your Pathways Maps Really Do Lead to Successful Transfer and Employment Outcomes
        NOTE: Academic leaders, employer liaisons for the colleges, and faculty members should attend this session.

    • There is a Team Facilitator session with Pathways coaches and partners on Thursday, June 22 from 1:45-2:45 p.m. Eastern.

    • All other team members should arrive in time to attend the Opening Plenary Session at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 22. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute which concludes at noon on Saturday, June 24. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, June 24.

  • 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 June 22 and 23 will be arranged by the Center via a rooming list for those who are registered. Confirmation numbers will be provided to each guest by the beginning of June 2017.

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 Westin Beach Resort 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 $189 for the nights of June 21 and 24—based on availability.

The hotel will keep the Passkey page active until May 22, 2017 (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 June 22 and 23, 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*
  • 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.

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 April 21, 2017, 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 registration deadline for each college's five member team to register is Friday, April 21, 2017.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

The college team should be finalized no later than Friday, April 21, 2017. Participant substitutions or cancellations must be made with the Center in writing. Due to contractual obligations, the following cancellation policy for teams of 6-7 participants is in effect:

Written notice received: Credit:
Prior to 5 business days before the institute (no later than Wednesday, June 14, 2017) Additional Participant fee less a $500 cancellation fee
Within 5 business days of the institute No credit available

A refund is not available. Credit may be applied to Pathways Project Institute #6 or future work at the Center.

Registration is now closed.

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