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Building Blocks: Laying the Groundwork for Guided Pathways Reform in Ohio

By: Davis Jenkins, Hana Lahr & John Fink

Abstract

This report describes how Ohio’s two-year colleges are approaching guided pathways reforms, based on on-site interviews with faculty, administrators, staff, and students at six selected community colleges and telephone interviews with representatives from all 23 Ohio community colleges. In these interviews participants were asked to describe their college’s progress in the four main areas of practice in the guided pathways model: mapping pathways to student end goals, helping students choose and enter a program pathway, keeping students on path, and ensuring that students are learning.

For each area of practice, the authors highlight innovations the colleges have implemented that can serve as building blocks as they continue to implement guided pathways reforms more broadly. The report includes recommendations for the Ohio colleges as they build on and better align these innovations in ways that help students choose, enter, and complete programs of study that are designed to prepare them to succeed in employment and further education. The report concludes with a brief description of the next phase of research with Ohio partners.