This new report report from Community College Research Center tracks the progress of the 30 colleges in implementing guided pathways reforms over the first year of the project, gives detailed examples of how the colleges are approaching this work, and explores unexpected roadblocks to reform and how colleges are addressing them.

Thirty colleges across the country are working with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to implement guided pathways reforms as part of the first wave of the AACC Pathways Project. The colleges have committed to redesigning their programs and support services across the institution so that students can choose among clearly defined programs of study with explicit paths to further education and careers, and can get the support they need to enter, progress through, and complete a program.

Drawing on data from telephone interviews with project teams from all 30 colleges, along with in-depth two-day site visits at six of the colleges, the report describes how the AACC Pathways colleges are approaching guided pathways reforms in each of the model’s four main practice areas:

  1. mapping pathways to student end goals;
  2. helping students choose and enter a program pathway;
  3. keeping students on path; and
  4. ensuring that students are learning.