Glossary of Terms

C D E F G I L M P R

C

Capstone

The culminating and integrative experience of a pathway map. Examples could be a course, internship, project, or portfolio.

Co-requisite

A specific course, subject, or requirement that a student must take simultaneously with another course in the sequence.

Connection

Phase of the student lifecycle: initial interest through submission of an application.

Contextualization

A diverse family of instructional strategies designed to more seamlessly link the learning in foundation courses with academic or occupational content by focusing teaching and learning squarely on concrete applications in a specific context that is of interest to the student. For example, allied health students in a developmental math course learn to solve math problems drawn from curricula in respiratory therapy, radiology, occupational therapy, medical laboratory, physical therapy, and nursing courses they have taken or will be taking. (See Perin, 2011, CCRC, Working Paper No. 29)

Course Sequence

A succession of courses in which each course is a prerequisite for the next. This course succession ensures the building of knowledge, skills, and habits of mind across the curriculum.

Critical Course

A course that is highly predictive of future success in a particular pathway map and that students must pass to be allowed to proceed. It can also be predictive of success at the relevant transfer institutions and/or in the workplace. Examples include PSY 101, BIO 201, and MAT 120. A critical course is tagged in the e-system so that data can be pulled to identify students who will need intervention, and to inform improvements to a pathway map.

Cross-Functional Team

An assigned group of faculty, staff, and others brought together to work towards a given goal. These teams should include, but not be limited to, both faculty and staff members chosen with the goal in mind. For specific goals, students and/or community partners may also be brought in to sit on teams. When formulating teams, every effort should be made to include, from the beginning, a representative of all stakeholders for a given goal.

D

Discipline Specific

Knowledge, skills, habits of mind, or courses that are particular to an area of study.

E

Enterprise Performance

Resources, efficiency and collaboration among colleges will be leveraged, and a comprehensive talent acquisition and management system will be implemented to support a culture of accountability and employee development.

Entry

Phase of the student lifecycle: application through completion of Foundation and Gateway Courses (overlaps with Progress)

Exploratory Course

A course that allows students to explore a Guided Pathway (a collection of educational pathway maps to a degree, certificate, or transfer that have common or related curriculum content and courses) without penalty. Consequently, this course has an AGEC tag, and the curriculum of the course aligns with a given Guided Pathway.

F

Fields of Interest

Broad categories of related areas of study, and include educational programs that have related courses, requirements and student experiences. They include program maps with course sequences, student support, and program learning outcomes that meet academic and/or industry requirements across several disciplines and for specific programs of study. Enrollment and completion of courses within Fields of Interest guide students through initial foundational requirements, into more specific programs of study. 

Foundation Course

A course that provides the fundamental knowledge, skills, and habits of mind requisite for success within any given pathway. May include courses such as CPD 150, ENG 101, RDG 100, MAT 092, ESL 097 and CIS 105. These courses integrate support services and should be contextualized within a Guided Pathway to aid in student engagement and the transfer of knowledge, skills and habits of mind.

G

Gateway Course:

The first college-level discipline specific course for a pathway map. Gateway courses are for college credit and apply to the requirements of a degree or certificate.

GPS

Guided Pathways to Success: Name of MCC Guided Pathways redesign.

Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support

Fully mapped out programs that align with career advancement or further education will be provided to students, with proactive academic and career advising at each stage of the student experience.

I

Industry Partnerships

Employer alliances will foster economic growth in key sectors of our community, while providing students with hands-on workplace experience. Regional industry “institutes” will be launched with single industry boards and a single point of entry by sector.

Intake

Term used in Guided Pathways literature to reflect the process a student goes through during the Connection, Entry and Progress stages of the Student Lifecycle. Includes application, assessments, advising, orientation, etc...

Integrated Support Services

Coordinated, strategic and personalized services and programs that guide students through their entire experience from connection to the college through completion, transfer or career entry.  Integrated support services enable college personnel to identify and monitor factors that impact student success and provide support in a timely and coordinated manner.

ISLO

An Institutional Student Learning Outcome (MCC’s 4Cs).  One of a set of statements that clearly states knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at the institution.

L

Learning Outcomes

Statements that describe significant and essential learning that learners have achieved, and can reliably demonstrate at the end of a course or program. In other words, learning outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or program.

M

Meta Majors

Programs are gathered into broad categories of related areas of study called Meta Majors. Meta Majors are educational programs that have related courses, requirements and student experiences. They include program maps (course sequences, student support, and program learning outcomes) that meet academic and/or industry requirements across several disciplines and specific programs of study. Enrollment and completion of courses within a Meta Major guide students through initial foundational requirements, into more specific programs of study.

 

Milestone

A measurable educational achievement, whether curricular or co-curricular, that includes intermediate outcomes, such as completing foundation courses or a course sequence specific to a discipline within a pathway as well as conventional terminal completions, such as earning a credential or transferring to a baccalaureate program (e.g. completing the following sequence: SPA 101, 102, 201, and 202 or obtaining a fingerprint card).

 

P

Pathway Map

Also referred to as a program map, a pathway map is a comprehensive pathway to student end goals (e.g., degree, certificate, trade and technical programs, and/or transfer options). The map includes job types, pathway map description, learning outcomes, a course sequence, milestones, and carefully identified critical and gateway courses. A personalized educational plan, or pathway, is informed by the pathway map based on a student’s goals, needs, and interests. Along with integrated support, a pathway map provides students with the structure needed for timely completion. It also ensures they are learning what they need to in order to be successful in a chosen career or transfer institution and beyond. The goal is to develop pathways that are as coherent, intentional, and transparent as possible for Maricopa students.

Personalized Education Plan

A student's personalized route to completion that aligns with their educational goals, interests, and needs. The development of the plan is informed by a guided pathway and a pathway map.

 

PMLO

A Pathway Map Learning Outcome. Identifies what the learner will know and be able to do upon completion of a pathway map.

Preferred Relationship

Courses that a student must take together (either within the same, previous, or subsequent semester) in order to build the knowledge, skills and/or habits of mind necessary to be successful.

 

Prerequisite

A specific course, subject, or requirement that a student must successfully complete before registering for another course in the sequence.

Progress

Phase of the student lifecycle: entry into program of study through completion of 75% of courses (overlaps with Entry and Completion)

 

R

Recommended Choice

A course selected from a specified list to optimize the development of knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to be successful in a particular pathway map. This course will have alternatives noted. This course often serves multiple purposes, optimizing the development of knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary in the pathway map while fulfilling general education requirements.

Recommended Co-Requisite

A specific course, subject, or requirement NOT coded as a co-requisite in SIS that a student should take simultaneously with another course in order to build the knowledge, skills and/or habits of mind necessary to be successful in both courses.

Recommended Course

A course within the pathway map that does not currently fulfill a certificate or degree requirement (e.g. certificate or associate), but optimizes the development of knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to be successful in a particular field of interest.  It does not have a noted alternative. This course may align with industry standards, transfer institutions and articulation agreements.  This course may also serve multiple purposes, optimizing the development of knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary in the pathway map while fulfilling general education requirements.

Recommended Prerequisite

A specific course, subject, or requirement NOT coded as a prerequisite in SIS that a student should complete in order to build the antecedent knowledge, skills and/or habits of mind necessary to be successful in another course in the sequence.

 

Required Course

A course within the pathway map that must be completed to achieve the certificate or degree awarded (e.g. certificate or associate) at the end of the pathway map. This course does not have a noted alternative. This course may align with industry standards, transfer institutions and articulation agreements.

Restricted Elective

A course which must be chosen from a specified group of courses to satisfy the certificate or degree awarded at the end of the pathway map. This course often serves multiple purposes, optimizing the development of knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary in the pathway map while fulfilling general education requirements.

S

Student Life Cycle

Student experience from initial interest through completion of program of study and transition to career or transfer

 

T

Transformation

noun  trans·for·ma·tion  \ tran(t)s-fər-ˈmā-shən \ “It is a process of profound and radical change that orients an organization in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.”

At MCCCD, it is a district-wide movement to transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community. The Transformation will focus on three key areas:

  1. Guided Pathways and Integrated Student Support
  2. Industry Partnerships
  3. Enterprise Performance