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Measuring (and Improving) the Impacts of Guided Pathways Reforms (AACC)

Date and Time: April 30, 2018 11:45 AM–12:45 PM
Location: Dallas, TX
Venue: Hilton Anatole Dallas | Desoto B

The session showed with actual college examples how colleges can measure impacts of their guided pathways reforms using early momentum key performance indicators (KPIs). Attendees learned how to run baseline analyses using these KPIs and heard from practitioners on how they have used the KPIs to drive continuous improvement efforts as their college implemented guided pathways reforms. They also learned how the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is working with colleges to report on these early momentum KPIs. Presenters shared a tool for using the KPIs to make simple projections on how increases in the early momentum KPIs could result in increases in completion rates, which can be useful in estimating the range of possible improvements to inform institutional goal setting.

Researchers shared definitions and instructions for colleges to derive and track the early momentum KPIs in order to measure the impact of guided pathways reforms and assess if improvements are observed equitably. In addition to presenting the early momentum KPIs, the workshop demonstrated how disaggregation of these measures by student characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, income, and age, can provide leading indicators as to whether a college’s reforms are closing achievement gaps. Researchers also shared a procedure and Excel tool for estimating longer term student outcomes using the KPIs. A practitioner from an AACC Pathways Project college described how his college used data to inform successful efforts at the college to improve early momentum KPIs, and attendees learned about how the VFA is working with colleges to report on these early momentum KPIs.

Associated Papers


Senior Research Scholar
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Kent Phillippe
Associate Vice President, Research and Student Success
Mike Flores
Palo Alto College

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