Guided Pathways

Career Ladders Project supports the inquiry, design, implementation, and assessment of Guided Pathways in community colleges. Focused on equity, we work in partnership with K-16 systems across California to help build colleges’ capacity for evidence-based institutional redesign.

We offer this Inquiry Guide to support the first phases of this work. Scroll down for information on workshops near you.

Here are tools you can use in designing and implementing various aspects of Guided Pathways

Mapping programs and meta-majors

Integrating student services

Including student voices in Guided Pathways redesign

Using Data in Guided Pathways redesign

Managing a GP Team and Engaging the College

Upcoming events and workshops:

  • Regional workshop by and for practitioners, in Burbank for colleges and students in LA and South Central Coast, Feb. 4 – information and link to register
  • Regional workshop by and for practitioners, in San Diego for colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties, Feb. 22 – link to register
  • Regional workshop by and for practitioners, in Riverside for colleges and students in Inland Empire and desert, March 11 – link to register

More tools coming soon…

  • Managing a Guided Pathways team and engaging the whole college
  • Using data in Guided Pathways reform
  • Including student voices in guided pathways design and implementation

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