Transformation FAQs

Transformation FAQs

Our vision for Transformation is 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:
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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Our vision for Transformation is to transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community. Click here to view the goals for the three key areas of focus – Guided Pathways, Industry Partnerships, and Enterprise Performance.

The goal is to bring the necessary changes to our system that will allow us to better meet the educational and employment needs of the community through more effective deployment of resources, increased responsiveness, and collaborative innovation. The Transformation will allow us to improve how we bridge the gap between education and the job market. The result will be collaborative learning that benefits not only students, but also businesses and the community.

Our Transformation is focused on student success, alignment with industry, and sustainable operations and infrastructure.  In an effort to support employers and enhance our students’ success, Maricopa Community Colleges is building a new model for engaging businesses and assisting students on a pathway to reaching their goals.  Our vision is to transform the student experience to meet the education and employment needs of the community. In order to be a national leader in higher education and a driving economic force in Arizona, we must embrace change, align our college system with current community needs and expectations, and “transform” the student experience.

For more Transformation information and updates, please visit the homepage of this site. You can also send your questions, comments, and ideas to

  • Implementing transformation will require the skills and efforts of e v e r y o n e at MCCCD.
  • This is not an initiative. It is a change in how Maricopa leads students and operates.
  • To succeed, we will need the expertise, support, and input from every department within our organization.
  • The foundation has been set and it is now up to all of us to build on that foundation, as we transform to better serve the needs of our students.

Transformation projects in progress:

  • ​​​​​Student Experience
  • Call Center
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid
  • Pathway Mapping
  • Fields of Interest (Meta Majors)
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
  • Work Based Experience
  • Data Analytics/ LMI
  • Six Industry Institutes: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, IT/ Cybersecurity, Advanced Business Services, Healthcare and Biosciences, Energy and Environment​

The strategy around technology to support Guided Pathways will leverage the system and software investments Maricopa has already made, wherever possible, by promoting deeper and more consistent use of technology tools that are currently in place. After conducting a readiness assessment and an analysis of existing MCCCD software tools, it was determined that they can support the early phases of implementing the national model for Guided Pathways in Maricopa. Moving forward, using existing tools provides MCCCD with several advantages, including cost savings and reduced time to implement. This approach will also provide Maricopa with valuable information about changes that may be needed to business processes and/or existing systems or where new tools might be needed in the future.

A common set of Design Principles was developed to guide our work with Guided Pathways and Industry Partnerships. The Design Principles for the six topics listed below highlight elements that will guide our work system-wide for a seamless student experience.

  • Fields of Interest (Meta Majors)
  • Program Maps
  • Advising Models
  • Intake Processes
  • Career Exploration
  • Developmental Education Models

Students face many challenges:

  • Too many choices and little guidance
  • Unclear path to end goals
  • Excess/unnecessary credits earned
  • Taking too much time to complete program

Click here to view a video on Guided Pathways

Yes, the Transformation work follows a three-tiered meeting structure.

  • TIER I: Transformation Steering Committee   ̶̶
    • Schedule and Membership: Approx. 85 members from colleges and District Office will meet twice a semester.
    • Goal of meetings: To bring all ten colleges and district office on the same page regarding work/progress with projects. Summary notes will be shared with key stakeholders.
    • Timeline for meetings: Twice a semester.
    • Sponsors: Dr. Karla Fisher, Dr. Ernie Lara, Dr. Paul Dale, Dr. Steven Gonzales, Dr. Alka Arora Singh, Ms. Maria Reyes. 
  •   TIER II: Monthly Integration Meetings   ̶
    • Co-chairs for project/work teams will meet monthly to ensure the work is integrated for a seamless student experience.
  • TIER III: Ongoing Project/Work Teams   ̶̶ 
    • All project teams will meet as frequently as needed to meet targets and timelines.
    • Team leads/co-chairs and respective teams responsible for timelines/ deliverables.
    • Teams will work with existing MCCCD councils and structures.
    • Team co-chairs will serve on Tier II monthly meetings.

Fields of Interest are 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.

Institutes will provide a single point of contact to provide students and industry partners with accessible and relevant educational resources. It will also provide students with training and educational experiences that are industry-specific. An Institute will improve the programmatic structure, experience, response, delivery and leadership through relationships with industry partners, as well as relevant and adaptive programs of study.