Teachers College, Columbia University
CCRC Summer Institute

CCRC is hosting a summer 2021 virtual institute, Guided Pathways at Rural Colleges: Using Data to Launch Large-Scale Reform, on June 14–24 and July 12–22. This two-week, team-based experience will help participants build the skills and knowledge needed to lead college-wide student success efforts at their institutions using the guided pathways framework, which aims to help students choose, enter, and complete programs aligned with their goals for careers and further education.

The institute is designed to help rural and rural-serving colleges overcome the unique challenges they face in implementing guided pathways reforms. Through a blend of synchronous and asynchronous activities, teams will explore key concepts in the guided pathways framework and learn to apply them in their own contexts. CCRC researchers will help participants examine which students are in which programs, where those programs lead, what courses they are taking, and other data essential for improving academic programs and student supports. These activities will be designed for faculty and staff from across the college, including those who have limited experience with data analysis.

By the end of the institute, teams will have data-driven plans for implementing reforms that will help them to recruit and retain students, improve student success rates, and close equity gaps. Teams will receive additional support from CCRC researchers through the end of 2021.

A list of participating colleges can be found here.

Informational Webinar

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the institute, participants will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities to enact guided pathways reforms at their institutions and understand how to mobilize resources to support these efforts
  • Apply insights from analyses of their institution’s program enrollment, coursetaking, and completion patterns to address barriers to student success
  • Guide their college’s reform work over the next six months and beyond using an implementation plan developed at the institute
  • Use data to make the case for change, assess progress, and shape efforts to scale and sustain reforms


Free. All instructional materials and resources will be provided to participating teams through a virtual course site.

Dates and Time Commitment

Session I: June 14–24, 2021
Synchronous content on June 14, 17, 21, and 24

Session II: July 12–22, 2021
Synchronous content on July 12, 15, 19, and 22

Teams will register for one of two sessions, which will include both synchronous and asynchronous content.

Prework will be distributed in advance of the institute. During the institute, teams will participate in four hours of synchronous activities on Mondays and Thursdays. In addition, teams will dedicate 8–10 hours to asynchronous activities across the two weeks. All teams will be invited to a mini-conference in late September 2021 and will receive ongoing support from institute coaches through December 2021.


The institute will consist of live web conference activities and asynchronous learning via video and print resources. All videos will include captions. For live events, we will arrange for captioning services upon request.

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact Teachers College’s Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at oasid@tc.edu, 212-678-3689, or 646-755-3144 video phone as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters or alternative-format materials.

Funding for the CCRC summer institute was generously provided by Ascendium Education Group.

Contact Us

Hana Lahr

Senior Research Associate and Program Lead

Announcing Our Summer Institute Cohort

Read more about the colleges accepted to the institute on CCRC's blog.