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CCRC Summer Institute

The institute is intended for teams from colleges that have not participated in national or state-based guided pathways initiatives or are rural or rural-serving. Colleges that will benefit the most from the institute are those laying the groundwork for whole-college guided pathways redesign and beginning to introduce guided pathways reforms to the college community.


The institute is designed for colleges that have not received significant support to implement guided pathways. We particularly encourage applications from rural and rural-serving colleges. CCRC will also consider inviting a small number of state system representatives if 2–3 colleges from that state are participating in the institute.

If you have questions about whether the institute would be a good fit for your college, please contact Hana Lahr at lahr@tc.columbia.edu.

Prior Experience With Guided Pathways

The institute will likely be a good fit for your college team if you have worked on a few but not all of the following strategies.

Laying the groundwork for whole-college redesign

  • Building awareness that colleges create barriers to student success and that only large-scale, cross-college reforms will remove them
  • Building a culture of data-informed practice
  • Reorganizing decision-making roles and structures to facilitate broad engagement in planning and implementing improvements
  • Fostering individual accountability for contributing to the college’s goals for student success
  • Encouraging creativity and experimentation in developing strategies to improve student success
  • Providing time and support for collaborative planning and professional development to support whole-college reform

Introducing guided pathways to the college community

  • Make the case for guided pathways by showing how a lack of clear program paths and supports hurts students
  • Communicate a guiding vision for the reforms
  • Cultivate a shared understanding of guided pathways through college-wide in-person meetings and virtual communication
  • Present guided pathways as a framework for aligning and enhancing existing student success efforts

Team Composition

We recommend that teams consist of 6–8 staff, faculty, and administrators who represent a guided pathways leadership team or a pre-existing group working on an initiative or proposal related to guided pathways. If you would like to include more than 8 people, please provide a rationale in your application.

Teams should be composed of people who will continue to work together on guided pathways reforms after the institute. The expectation is that all team members will participate in all or nearly all institute activities.

We suggest that teams include at least one person who works directly with institutional data on a regular basis and one person who is a key decision-maker at the college with access to budgets to help execute strategies. Other recommended team members include academic deans and faculty from both career-technical and transfer programs as well as staff or administrators involved with student advising, student services, student recruitment and retention, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.

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Hana Lahr

Senior Research Associate and Program Lead

CCRC's 2021 Institute

Learn more about the summer institute experience for colleges on the CCRC blog.