Guided Pathways is a redesign of the college experience for students as we know it today, intended to help more people graduate. Some primary components include "meta-majors" and degree maps; predictable schedules; integrated developmental instruction; progress tracking, support and feedback for all students; and bridges for college programs. There are four primary "pillars" to the approach.
There are four essential practices within the Guided Pathways approach.
Learn more by reviewing LCC's initial self-assessment on our progress within each of the four pillars.
Review the draft Work Plan Overview for a broad overview of timelines (LCC Google/network login required).
"Meta-majors" enhance rather than replace individual degrees and certificates. LCC's draft "meta-majors" include:
Draft map of meta-majors to LCC degree and certificate programs (LCC Google/network login required).
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.
"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