Past Institutes and Workshops
Past institute — October 26 - 28, 2017


Pathways Project

Pathways Project Institute #6—Policy Meets Pathways: Governing Board Roles and Policy Change

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 #6—Policy Meets Pathways: Governing Board Roles and Policy Change, will take place October 26-28, 2017, at at the Motif Seattle in Seattle, Washington. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.

Institute #6 Objectives

Institute #6 Objectives

  • Consider implications for institutional policy, procedures, and processes in implementing guided pathways.
  • Discuss role of Trustees in codifying and sustaining institutional implementation of guided pathways.
  • Consider opportunities for practitioners to influence state policy discussions around student success, affordability, and pathways reforms.
  • Explore role of state systems and associations in spurring and managing change.
  • Examine needs and opportunities for community colleges to enhance partnerships with K-12, workforce, and human service agencies to support pathways for students.
  • Reflect on college progress and achievements over the course of the Pathways Institute series; plan for next steps in implementation of pathways at scale.

Participant Resources:

  • Final Agenda
    • Institute #6 will begin with three Pre-Institute Workshops on Thursday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific.
      • Outcomes and Implications from the Jobs for the Future Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success
        NOTE: CEOs and governing board members should attend this session.
      • Using Achieving the Dream's Institutional Policy Audit to Sustain Pathways Reforms
        NOTE: Chief Academic Officers and Chief Student Services Officers should attend this session.
      • Role of State Systems and Associations in Managing Change and Supporting Institutional Scaling of Guided Pathways
        NOTE: Governing board members should attend this session.

    • There is a Team Facilitator session with Pathways coaches and partners on Thursday, October 26 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific.

    • All other team members should arrive in time to attend the Opening Plenary Session at 3:00 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, October 26. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute, which concludes at noon on Saturday, October 28. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, October 28.

  • 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 26 and 27 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-October 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 Motif Seattle 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 $229 for the nights of October 25 and 28—based on availability.

Do you wish to ...

... Arrive Early?
Select your earlier check-in date and select October 26 as your check-out date. (Note: You will not need to actually check out on October 26 because the hotel will link your preceding personal reservation with your Institute reservation.)

... Stay Late?
Select October 28 as your check-in date and select your later check-out date. (Note: You will not actually check in on October 28 because the hotel will link your Institute reservation with your subsequent personal reservation.)

... Arrive Early and Stay Late?
You will need to make two reservations, following both sets of instructions above.

The hotel will keep the Passkey page active until September 24, 2017 (be sure to follow the instructions above). 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. If you have any questions about reserving your additional nights, please contact Jessica Pinto at or (512) 232-8432.

Please keep in mind that although the Center is taking care of each participant's room nights on October 26 and 27, 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*
  • Governing Board Chair
  • 1-2 additional governing board members (not reaching a quorum)
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Chief Student Services Officer

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 25, 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, August 25, 2017.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

The college team should be finalized no later than Friday, August 25, 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, October 18, 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 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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