"Guided Pathways is an integrated framework that supports institutional transformation with student success at the center based upon a structured experience, as articulated in Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success. Guided Pathways builds institutional capacity to define clear and coherent pathways for degree completion and to ensure learning while on the pathways, leading to completion of a postsecondary degree or credential." (American Association of Colleges & Universities)
Lower Columbia College was selected along with four other institutions in 2018 to receive $500,000 over five-years from College Spark Washington to implement the Guided Pathways approach. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges matched the grant, bringing the five-year total to $1 million.
The 2019-20 legislative session produced HB 2158, which included an allocation of $32.1 million for implementation of Guided Pathways across all 34 community and technical colleges in the state.
"We have spent the past 55 years making sure our students are college ready. We need to spend the next five making sure our colleges are student ready." - Dr. Greg Hodges, Fall 2018
Note: students in the Guided Pathways cohorts include first-time, first-ever, post-secondary credential-seeking students. They must be new to the institution and system; transfers-in and returning students are included if they've earned less than 10 college credits in the system; current and former basic skills students who transition to workforce or transfer are included if they start with less than 10 college level credits earned in the system. Running Start students are excluded from the cohort. The Year 1 College Math point refers to the first five credits of college-level math taken, regardless of program requirements.
*Also known as meta-majors