Past Institutes and Workshops

Past institute — Hosted September 5 - 7, 2019

California Pathways Project

California Guided Pathways Project Institute #6—Ensuring Equity Through Guided Pathways

As one of the partners in the California Guided Pathways Project, the Center for Community College Student Engagement will host a series of six Pathways Institutes for a selected group of 20 colleges. California Guided Pathways Project Institute #6—Ensuring Equity Through Guided Pathways will take place September 5–7, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, California. Before registering for the institute, please review all of the information in each section of this page.

Institute #6 Objectives
Participant Resources
Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Institute #6 Objectives

  • Reinforce that the overarching purpose of college pathways reforms is to support community colleges in designing and implementing academic and career pathways with informed intent to expand opportunities, ensure equity, and eliminate institutional barriers that may have disproportionate negative impact on students of color and low-income students.
  • Enrich college efforts to build cultural competence in classrooms and equitable outcomes across all student groups.
  • Uncover potential sources of inequity that may be unintentionally baked into the design of new guided pathways reforms.
  • Redesign student experiences (i.e., institutional policies, processes, and practices) in ways that intentionally eliminate structural inequity - and in its place, build in equity by design.
  • Focus the equity lens on achieving equitable outcomes for both (a) long-term outcomes such as completion and post-completion success and (b) short-term milestones grounded at each stage of the student experience at the college.
  • Reflect and celebrate college progress and achievements over the course of the California Guided Pathways (CAGP) Institute series.
  • Plan for next steps in the implementation of pathways at scale at each CAGP college.
  • Explore how to remain connected as a cohort of colleges under the CAGP banner.

Participant Resources

  • Final Agenda
    • Institute #6 will begin with Pre-Institute Workshops on Thursday, September 5 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Pacific.
      • Pre-Institute Workshop titles will be posted in August.
    • There is a Team Facilitator session with Pathways coaches and partners on Thursday, September 5 from 1:45 to 2:45 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, September 5. All team members are required to stay throughout the entire Pathways Institute, which concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. Flight departures for all team members should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, September 7.

  • 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 September 5 and 6 will be arranged by the Center via a rooming list for those who are registered. Confirmation numbers will be provided to each guest the first week of August 2019.

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

If you would like to extend your stay at Sheraton Grand Hotel for the nights of September 4 and/or September 7 at the conference rate of $159/night—based on availability, please email Jessica Pinto (, and she will add the additional night(s) to your reservation.

The hotel cut-off date is August 4, 2019. 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 September 5 and 6, 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 20 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*
  • Equity Committee Chair (or similar)
  • Guided Pathways Workgroup or Topical Leaders (e.g. Onboarding, Advising/Counseling, Metamajors, Mapping, Basic Skills)
  • Professional Development Chair

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 May 10, 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 August 23.

The registration deadline for each college's five member team to register is Friday, May 10, 2019.

Cancellation & Substitution Policy

The college team should be finalized no later than Friday, May 10. 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 Tuesday, August 27, 2019) 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.

Proceed to Institute registration.

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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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