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Knowledge Development for the AACC Pathways Initiative

August 2015−July 2019

The goal of this three-year project is to inform the development and adoption by community colleges of the guided pathways model for improving student outcomes and to develop guidance materials and tools that can be used by others in helping colleges plan and implement guided pathways. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and other national partner organizations are designing and conducting a series of six two-and-a-half-day Pathways Institutes for teams from 30 community colleges that are committed to making the systemic changes in practice necessary to implement guided pathways at scale.

CCRC has two main roles in the AACC Pathways Project: (1) collaborate with the other partners to design, plan, and conduct the project’s six institutes, and (2) work with participating colleges to measure and assess the effects of guided pathways reforms being undertaken by the participating colleges on college performance and student success. In these roles, CCRC is seeking to build knowledge and tools that will help practitioners implement effective guided pathways reforms. This project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Growing out of the AACC Pathways Project, the California Guided Pathways Project will work with 15 to 20 California community colleges to design and implement guided academic and career pathways for all their students. It will also build capacity within the state to spread reforms to many more colleges. A partnership of AACC, Bakersfield College, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and other organizations, the project is being managed by the National Center for Inquiry & Improvement and funded by the College Futures Foundation and the Gates, Teagle, and Irvine foundations. CCRC is helping design and conduct a series of institutes and will monitor the progress of participating colleges in planning and implementing guided pathways reforms.

Publications

APRIL 2017
Implementing Guided Pathways: Early Insights From the AACC Pathways Colleges
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Presentations

MAY 2017
Assessing, Supporting, and Scaling Pathways
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APRIL 2017
CCRC Research on Guided Pathways: What We’re Learning
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APRIL 2017
The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two-Year Colleges
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