The Guided Pathways model creates a highly structured approach to student success. Guided Pathways reform is a student-centered approach that can dramatically increase the number of students earning community college credentials, while closing equity gaps. Guided Pathways aims to meet the needs of students, clarify academic progress, and increase graduation and transfer rates.
Moreno Valley College is in the process of planning and implementing guided pathways through the California Community College Chancellor's Office IEPI Guided Pathways program.
What are Guided Pathways?
Through the implementation of Guided Pathways, which are highly-tailored and streamlined academic pathways to rapidly and equitably advance students seeking associate degrees and transfer through their education in two years or less.
The California Guided Pathways Project is a grant-funded initiative that accepted 20 CA community colleges to provide coaching and support over three years to establish guided pathways.
The Chancellor's Office IEPI Guided Pathways program is a state-funded project totaling $150 million with a goal expanding guided pathways across the California Community College system. To qualify for IEPI funding, colleges must complete a self-assessment and multi-year work plans to receive funding.
Why are Guided Pathways Needed?
Students depend on California Community Colleges (CCC) for education, career training and social mobility while the State of California depends on CCC for economic improvement and to close the skills gap.
The CCC serve hundreds of thousands of students annually, but persistence, graudation, achievement, and equity rates denote that the colleges are not delivering on their promises of a two-year education.
- 48% of CCC students left without a credential or failed to transfer after six years.
- Of those students who do complete their community college education, earning an associate degree takes them an average of 5.2 years.
- More than 40% of California Community College students are 25 years or oder, yet many college are geared toward graduating high school students.
- The CCC system serves more African American and Latinx students than the total undergraduate enrollment of the University of California but achievement and equity gaps stubbornly persist for underserved populations.
- High-need regions like the Inland Empire are not served equitably.
Guided Pathways provide a framework for improving completion by addressing equity, social mobilitiy, and economic health through four pillars:
- Clarify: Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.
- Intake: Help students choose and enter their pathway.
- Support: Help students stay on their path.
- Learning: Ensure learning happens with intentional outcomes.
This framework provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success. The framework also integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.