Guided Pathways redesign

Career Ladders Project supports the inquiry, design, implementation, and assessment of Guided Pathways in California community colleges. To build capacity for evidence-based institutional redesign, focused on equity, we collaborate with colleges to understand their structures and goals, redesign systems, and implement change.

For tools CLP offers to support this work, visit the “Tools for the Field” section of our website.  We also created the Inquiry Guide to help jumpstart the redesign process.

Our Guided Pathways work and tools fall into at least seven general areas:

  1. Redesigning and integrating student supports across campus
  2. Aligning redesign across campus, aligning Dual Enrollment with Guided Pathways
  3. Mapping programs and meta-majors
  4. Including student voices in redesign
  5. Using data in redesign
  6. Managing a GP team and engaging the whole college
  7. Designing curriculum to support students

Here are some examples of how colleges are rethinking their structures and practices in each of those areas. 

Redesigning and integrating student supports

How Modesto Junior College did it


Use of technology at Bakersfield, Chaffey, and the Contra Costa district

Webinar; Presentation

Including student voices in Guided Pathways redesign

Using data in Guided Pathways redesign

Managing a GP Team and engaging the college

What are Guided Pathways?

Colleges nationwide are integrating related certificates and degrees together with aligned academic and social supports to create more coherent programs of study – frequently called guided pathways – that anticipate the demands of employment, support college persistence (students staying in school), and ensure that students have support in reaching their educational goals. In this approach, instruction and support services are aligned and designed to help all students to take the following steps:

  • Explore and clarify their career and educational goals
  • Choose pathways that will help them achieve their goals
  • Persist in college
  • Acquire knowledge and skills that advance their education and skills

Visit “Tools for the Field” for more examples of how CLP supports colleges and the community college system in this work.