Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways is the name given to a specific approach to restructuring community college processes in such a way as to promote student success, where success is measured by how quickly and effectively students are able to complete their goals, as they define them. This reform model is the result of decades of research by many different individuals and organizations. That research is summarized well in the book--Redesigning America’s Community Colleges--by Bailey, Jaggars, and Jenkins. The book contrasts the redesigned “Guided Pathways” college with what the authors call the “cafeteria model” community college. Most colleges in the US are built according to the cafeteria model: they offer lots of options for students and provide little if any guidance or support to students in making choices. The result has been that students nationwide have floundered in community colleges, racking up huge amounts of credit and debt, burning through financial aid, and often having very little to show for it.

HFC was accepted into the 1st Cohort of The Guided Pathways Institute with a group of 11 other Michigan community colleges in January of 2015. The institute is sponsored by the Michigan Center for Student Success within the Michigan Community College Association.

A leadership structure was developed as directed by Dr. Tracy Pierner, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Lisa Copprue Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. Paul Fisher, Associate Dean and Ms. Kyrsten Rue, faculty member serve co-leaders for the Initiative. They developed leadership and planning teams that include a Steering Committee and 6 sub-committees, which include; Meta-Majors, Sequencing/Mapping, Intake, Developmental Education, Keeping on the Path, and Transfer.

Participation in the Michigan Guided Pathways Institute begins with program mapping, defining default course sequences and prescribing appropriate general education and elective course options. There should be a clear academic road map outlined, by program for part time, full time, college ready and those requiring preliminary developmental work.

ID 15671

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